Sheldon bids Hudson a heartfelt goodbye

Julia Rogala, Reporter

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    Bubbling water from water tank filters fill the air and students’ work hangs from the ceiling. Jokes and fond memories pass back and forth lightly as biology teacher Cinda Sheldon mentally prepares for her departure from Hudson. It’s difficult to believe that another beloved teacher is retiring from Hudson and leaving her former students.
     Biology teacher Cinda Sheldon has worked at Hudson High for 33 years, seeing much change in teaching over these years. She has taught not only biology but Earth science, physical science, chemistry and general science.
     She spends her free time reading, sewing and being one with nature. Sheldon plans to not only have more time for her hobbies but binge-watch Netflix after she retires. She also plans to cross visiting New Zealand and Australia off her bucket list with her family.
     According to Sheldon, “[Something I will miss is] the day-to-day, just fun little things that come up. When somebody gets really excited about learning something.”
     She prides herself in her love for her kids and the sheer enjoyment of knowledge. Even though she may miss her students, they will always remember her class and clearly miss her too.
     Sheldon not only teaches students life lessons, she inspires them to pursue their own dreams and goals.
     “I remember one time a student said,” Sheldon says, “‘Mrs. Sheldon, I want to be a teacher just like you and teach just like you.’ That was the best compliment I could ever have.” She believes that this, a student realizing their ambition, is the best thing about teaching. Not only is Sheldon inspiring, she’s helpful and friendly to all her students. Caroline Kerka, sophomore and former student of Sheldon, remembers having Sheldon her freshman year in a challenging yet rewarding  biology class.
     “It was honestly the best class I’ve had in high school so far,” says Kerka. She claims Sheldon encouraged her students to do their very best every day. Kerka also explains that it was motivating to have a science teacher who is a woman, as women are rare in science.
     Although Sheldon can’t wait to do what she wants and sleep in every day, she says she is afraid she will miss something. Even though life may go on after she leaves Hudson, her students will surely never forget her.
     “I will miss you and thank you for making science one of my favorite subjects,” says Kerka.

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