Sister Patricia Hoffman, standing right, of Pope John XXIII Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School in Elgin, is one of several veteran Catholic school teachers retiring this year. She is shown in her classroom with students Taylynne Charf, standing, and clockwise from left, Carter Beckman, Cale Kinney, Emma Lea Ruterbories and Skyler Meis. COURTESY PHOTO

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Veteran teachers retiring after decades of service, commitment to Catholic education

As the school year draws to a close, several teachers in archdiocesan Catholic schools are ready to step into the next stage of life as they begin their retirement. Each has spent decades educating and forming students in the faith, leaving an indelible mark on their students and preparing them for faith-filled, successful lives.

The Catholic Voice congratulates these teachers and thanks them for their service. Scroll down and click on the links to read their stories.

Sister Patricia Hoffman was both strict and sensitive to the needs of her students. A member of the School Sisters of Saint Francis, she retires this month after 50 years as a teacher at Pope John XXIII Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School in Elgin.

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Dawn Burton did more than develop her students’ art skills. She counseled and consoled them, shared her faith in God and helped them grow as people. The Roncalli Catholic High School teacher retires after 43 years at the Omaha school.

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Helen Peyton, left, and Maureen Lamoureux, who began their teaching careers on the same day, are also completing their 45-year careers together. The St. Bernard School teachers grew from nervous beginners to seasoned educators together, each earning an archdiocesan teacher of the year award along the way.

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