HUNTERTOWN, Ind. (WFFT) - Not everyone has the pleasure of doing something they love for more than 40 years. However, one teacher in Huntertown is celebrating this milestone.
Mrs. Malea Kruse is well known in Huntertown.
That's because many of the people here were her students at one point.
Kruse decided this year would be the last as a teacher after 44 years.
Since school is closed, Huntertown Elementary School staff and students wanted to give her a surprise farewell.
"I grew up here so I think that makes a difference. I've loved it though. I taught 41 years here and three away, but it's the people you teach with that makes it what it is, and the kids," she explained.
Kruse said even though she's retiring she's still going to be on the move helping out where ever she can.
She's just looking forward to what the future holds.
"I will find something to do because I don't like to sit around so I don't know a part-time job. At school they keep telling me if I want to sub. I'm not sure that's what I want to do, but I'll take some time off here and figure it out. It's like another adventure," Kruse said.
The principal of Huntertown Elementary, Casey Stansifer, said they hope to do something else, later on, to celebrate her in a traditional way.