Everyone can remember that one teacher who changed their lives for the better.
Students and faculty at Penn Cambria Middle School said this teacher has been doing just that for 35 years.
At a young age, Valarie Tranquillo felt she was called to be an educator.
“When I was in first and second grade, I always played school, and of course, I always had to be the teacher. My friends had to be the students. It’s something that I felt as a calling. I love to interact with the students,” Tranquillo said.
Over three decades later, she decided to retire, and the principal at her school said he’ll remember her dedication to her students.
“Personally, I like to think everybody gets into education for the love of the students. With Mrs. Tranquillo, tha’t’s definitely the case. She puts students first,” Dane Harrold, principal at Penn Cambria Middle School, said
Although it’s been a hard 35 years of work, Transquillo said she had no regrets.
“Teaching is a lot, a lot of hard work. If you’re gonna do it well, and your whole heart is in it, it takes a lot of time and energy, so I’m leaving, I think, on a high note. I still love it. I still love my job. I have no regrets, no regrets going into education. I know that was what was for me,” Tranquillo said.
Tranquillo’s official last day is Wednesday, but Tuesday was her final day with the students because they have no school on Wednesday.
She said she’ll substitute teach a few days a week because she’s not 100 percent ready to leave.