6/20/14 Teacher retires after 41 years in Alamance schools
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Drucilla Blankenship is retiring after working 41 years in education in Alamance County.
Teacher retires after 41 years in Alamance schools
By Jessica Williams The Times-News 6/20/14
Reprinted with permission.
Drucilla Blankenship knows the secret to being a successful teacher.
“When you get frustrated, don’t give up,” she said, reflecting on her 41-year career as an Alamance County teacher. “Just step back, reflect. You can’t do it all by yourself. Get a colleague to help.”
Blankenship served 20 years at Alexander Wilson Elementary, seven years at South Graham Elementary, 10 years as an instructor in Early Childhood and three years at Ray Street Pre-K, collecting honors and awards along the way.
She says her interest in teaching started early.
“My aunt was a teacher, and I liked working with kids, mostly young children, but it was my seventh-grade teacher who influenced me most. She was great,” she said.
While teaching has its challenges, like never having enough time to get everything done, Blankenship says being able to help the kids is what kept her going.
“The best part is when the kids really get it and you see it in their eyes, and figuring out challenges with them. Not really the money,” she laughed.
While one door is closing, she doesn’t plan on leaving education behind for good. Blankenship hopes to continue working with pre-K students to stay busy, though her free time will be spent catching up on all of the things she hasn’t had time to do.
“I’m looking forward to reading James Patterson’s books, walking, exercising. Those things get put on the back burner when you’re busy,” she said. “And I’d like to travel some, go to the beach and the mountains in North Carolina.”