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Posted May 7, 2015

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Paula Willis, Seven Bar ES

The staff of Seven Bar Elementary would like to invite friends of Paula Willis to a retirement celebration on May 20 at 2:30 in the Seven Bar library.

Paula began her teaching career in Texas in 1978. She has taught first through third grades in APS for the past 16 years at Petroglyph and Seven Bar ES.  

Paula brings magic to her classroom and has inspired her students in numerous ways over the years. From raising chickens to making hand churned butter, Paula loves to expose children to a rich variety of experiences. She has most of her kids believing she is a true princess (a title well earned) and has a special shelf in her room for her tiaras and wands.

Paula has a unique way of reaching out to her students and families so that many stay in touch and continue to visit years after being in her room. Her joy of life and her positive nature plays into everything she does, especially her teaching, so that her kids soon start using her favorite phrase, "Hot dog!" as part of their own vocabularies.

She shares her love of animals with her school community by bringing her therapy dog, Chaco, to work with her and generously volunteering her time and his services. Paula has touched many lives during her career including those of student teachers and co-workers who will surely attest to her incredible attitude, professionalism and passion for giving her community all that she can.

She will retire this summer and hopes to travel with her spouse, work with her therapy dog, and volunteer with animal rescues. Her biggest dream would be to run her own animal rescue some day, and with her own four dogs, she has a good start.  

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