When Mamie McKithen first started teaching back in 1975 she worked with kindergartners. Three years later she switched to second grade and never left. While the tools of teaching have changed, McKithen has stayed constant.
Principal Tempera McElrath says, "coming into her classroom, you would never know that she's been a classroom teacher for 29 and half years. She's more like that first or second year teacher that you get that is so excited to receive their children."
Now McKithen is set to retire, but her influence will continue to be felt at Robinson Springs Elementary; that's because she's mentored younger teachers. A gift that may never stop giving. McKithen says, "I was born I guess to be a helper anyway; something I enjoy doing and I look for nothing in return. The only thing I ask them is, what I do for them, to do for someone else who comes through that may need help."
McKithen taught at Holt Elementary for 19 years, before coming to Robinson Springs. She's organized food drives, helped honor students of the week, and assisted with the school's fall festival.