New Richmond Elementary honors retiring teachers

New Richmond Elementary School lost 66 years of teaching experience when Bonnie Faubion and Jan Gemma hugged their students for the last time May 27 and walked out of their classrooms.

Faubion retired after 36 years with New Richmond schools and Gemma after 30 years in the district. Both spent much of their careers teaching kindergarten.

“The last day was hard,” said Gemma. “It was hard because the children are very special to me and I was giving them hugs and it was very difficult.”