Community celebrates Franklinton teacher retiring after 21 years

Posted January 17, 2021 6:57 p.m. EST
Updated January 17, 2021 11:19 p.m. EST

— A Franklin County teacher is retiring after more than 20 years in the classroom.

On Sunday, the community stopped by Franklinton High School for a creative way to thank Lisa Lawrence for her dedication in the classroom. Former and current students of Lawrence held a surprise drive-through parade.

"It made me feel good," said Lawrence.

After 21 years of teaching theater arts at Franklinton High School, she’s decided to retire. She said teaching theater virtually just doesn't work.

"It's difficult to motivate students. It gets very monotonous," she explained.

Lawrence added that teaching during a pandemic is risky, and she's choosing to retire to help keep her and her family safe.

"I think you have to do what's right for you and for your students," she said. "This is a difficult time for everyone."

As Lawrence prepares to teach one last time, the community refused to let the pandemic get in the way of celebrating her achievements.

"[I'm] just really proud of her. She's loved her job, and she's been good at it," described Jeff Lawrence, her husband.

Lisa Lawrence's last day in the classroom is Tuesday. She said she plans on spending time with her grandchildren and will continue volunteering in the community theater she launched years ago.

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