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Posted May 3, 2011

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Retirement: Maxine Hackney

Maxine Hackney, the speech and language pathologist at S.Y. Jackson Elementary, will retire this school year after 36 years of teaching, 32 of those in New Mexico.

When she started her career in 1975 in Columbus, Kan., Hackney provided speech therapy to six schools and had 60-80 students each year for three years. She then taught in Missouri for a year before finding her place here in New Mexico.

Nicknamed "Ms. Happy,” Hackney said she still loves working with her students, but she is looking forward to retirement, especially taking some Elderhostel trips, taking classes and taking her dogs for walks. The staff and students at S.Y. Jackson will miss her dedication and kindness.

A celebration in her honor will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, in the S.Y. Jackson cafeteria.

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