Elementary school teacher retires after 38 years of teaching

MARIETTA, OH (WTAP)- There are a few things from our childhood that we always remember. We remember our best friend, we remember our first crush, and we remember our first grade teacher.

Mariann McFarland has been a teacher at St. Mary Catholic School in Marietta for the past 38 years.

On Monday, the school held a small retirement event where some of her more than 700 former students were able to share notes and thank her.

She says that the students are her favorite part of the job.

“I just love the children. They’re different every year; they learn different things every year. They always come with a nice variety of personalities. They’re just wonderful kids to have the chance to spend a little bit of time with,” she says.

McFarland is an alumni of the elementary school herself, and a graduate of Williamston High School.