SchoolArts Magazine

May-June 2015

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30 SchoolArts Elementary Studio Lesson M y colleague Janine Kairis and I retired the same year. We also began teaching at Lam - phere schools about the same time— she in kindergarten and me in art. In between those twenty-some years we shared much more than teaching. We A Fish Stor Craig Hinshaw talked to each other about our young children and our aging fathers. As the years passed, we discussed our children's college careers, spouses, and eventually we shared the joy of grandchildren. Finally, our conversa - tions turned to retirement and life after teaching. A Zoo in the Classroom I have taught with hundreds of great elementary teachers, but Janine, sur- prisingly, was the only one who kept live animals in her classroom. Class pets included goldfish, a parakeet, and guinea pigs. Cleaning cages, keep- ing food available, and carting ani-

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