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Top teacher speaks to retired educators

Patsy Hart is the 2014 Clayton County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. She spoke in front of a group of retired educators about what inspired her to become a teacher during the CCREA monthly meeting Tuesday. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

Patsy Hart is the 2014 Clayton County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. She spoke in front of a group of retired educators about what inspired her to become a teacher during the CCREA monthly meeting Tuesday. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

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CCREA president-elect Mary Jones updates the association on its various charities and service projects. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

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CCREA president-elect Mary Jones presents the association chaplain Dr. Mary Ware, center, with the CCREA Member Spotlight of the Month recognition. Association president Eddie White is by her side. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

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Clayton County Retired Educators Association announced new officers president-elect Mary Jones, from left, vice president-elect Peggy Wilson, secretary-elect Susan Croft and treasurer-elect Barbara Lewis, who will be installed in May. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

JONESBORO — Patsy Hart regaled her audience with stories of her youth and how she developed a passion for teaching.

Hart is the 2014 Clayton County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. She was invited to speak to the Clayton County Retired Educators Association during its monthly meeting and luncheon Tuesday.

She talked to them about her Christian upbringing and her decades-long journey to becoming a public school teacher in 2007 at Morrow Elementary. The children, she said, inspired her to teach and continue to motivate her to stay in the profession.

Members of the association also recognized one of their own.

Dr. Mary Ware, a retired counselor and the association’s chaplain, was honored with the CCREA Member Spotlight of the Month recognition.

“I think that was wonderful,” said Ware. “I’m so appreciative.”

Ware retired two years ago from Eddie White Academy. She also worked as counselor at Forest Park High and Lovejoy Middle.

Additionally, the association announced its future officers in president-elect Mary Jones, vice president-elect Peggy Wilson, secretary-elect Susan Croft and treasurer-elect Barbara Lewis.

Georgia Retired Educators Association President-elect Jim Haymans is on slate to install the officers at the next CCREA meeting May 20.

Meetings are held in the Jonesboro First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 142 S. Main St. in Jonesboro.

All retired Clayton County educators or those who once taught in Clayton County who are now retired are invited to attend. To learn more, call Susan Croft at 770-478-9673, or email csusancroft@earthlink.net.