Mattie Williams Retires After 27 Years Of Teaching Toddlers
After 27 years, Mattie Williams has retired from teaching toddlers at St. Paul’s School. Others honored for their service to the school for 10 or more years were Ann Loden, 38 years; Barbara Gentempo, 30 years; Pat Allen and Sebron Talley, each 25 years; Dani Merrell, Marja Pate, and Marilyn Watkins, each 21 years; Sabra Crawley, 15 years; Cassie Pitman, 13 years; and Alicia Gies, 10 years.
“When I think of you, Mattie: love and respect. These are the principles that I believe you live by. You have always given both in abundance, and I think you are owed so much in return,” said the school’s director Debra Fischer at the annual Teacher Appreciation Luncheon. “But that is not really why you have given and taught for 27 years, is it? Not because of what you were owed. You did it because of your love for children and because you were good at it. My family was one of the lucky ones. You were (my daughter) Hanna’s first teacher. All the moms felt your love and respect. No judging, just kindness and patience.”