It's always a crazy week. The final week of school. The classrooms are packed with boxes as teachers say goodbye to the school year, knowing it'll all have to be unpacked in a few months. But at Highland Home School in Crenshaw County, three ladies are teaching their final lesson. "There will be a void," said principal Joseph Eiland.
That's an understatement. The three retiring teachers have 80 years combined in the classroom. "I've been teaching here 30 years and went to school here for 12 years," said teacher Joyce Eiland. "I graduated from here too," said teacher Kim Rogers. "Then I came home, this is where I belong." "It's family here, everyone is so close knit," said teacher Debe Armstrong.
You can't put a price on what they bring to the table everyday. They've heard it all, seen it all, and survived the test of time. To them, this isn't just a building or a school, but a part of their life that'll be tough to leave behind. I had to ask them, how in the heck will Highland Home School get along without them. They all chimed in, like they've been doing for 25 plus years, "we don't know what they're gonna do, but I'm sure they'll be fine." Classy, humble, and always a smile. That's how you make it at the same school for so long, and that's why they'll be missed so much.