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After 40 years in education, local couple retiring

Monday, May 26, 2008

After 40 years of involvement in the Clay Community School Corporation, Don and Marsha Harrison are both retiring this year.

Times Staff Reporter

In the fall of 1968, Don and Marian Harrison began their 40-year trek in the Brazil teaching community and will retire at the end of this school year.

For his first 22 years, Don taught English at Northview High School and then became the school's guidance counselor.

"I have always wanted to be a teacher and have always loved education," Don said.

Marian spent 14 years teaching fourth- and sixth-grades at East Side Elementary.

During the course of the next 26 years; she was the librarian at both ESE and Meridian Elementary School.

Her current title is the Media Specialist and librarian at both schools.

"I was a cadet teacher my senior year in high school and that sealed the deal for me," Marian said, "Back when I started, girls were not allowed to wear skirts unless the radio said it was zero degrees out."

Marian gets grants to fund her reading program where students receive a new book at the end of the year to learn the value of reading.

She also rewards the classes who have earned the most blue ribbons by turning their books in on time with a pizza party.

For Don, the rewards come from students whom graduated 30 years ago and they tell him about the success in their life.

Don believes that politicians have placed too much importance on state wide standardized testing and believes it has not helped to improve education.

"Education is more than filling in bubbles," Don said.

Over the years, things have changed in the schools and Marian feels the two biggest changes for her are the fact that there are no more ditto machines and today she couldn't live without her e-mail to communicate with everyone.

Asked what advice they could give to students, "Follow your dreams and achieve as much as they (students) can," Marian said.

"Education is the key to what they (students) want. It is important to remember to use their education to the fullest," Don said.

Both Don and Marian are Brazil natives, raised their family here and will enjoy their retirement here.

"Brazil is a good place to raise a family, having roots are important and we are blessed to have stayed here," Don said.

They are planning a trip to celebrate their retirement.

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Mr Harrison was always so very nice. I graduated in1996 and the 4 years I was at Northview he always cared about the students. Happy retirement.

-- Posted by ape1 on Mon, May 26, 2008, at 8:59 PM

I graduated from Staunton in 1976 but back then you could take Government and Econ in summer school at Brazil, which I did. That was in the summer of 1975. I knew that if I waited and took those courses during the school year with Mr. Pliskin as my teacher I would never graduate. Mr. Harrison was my Government teacher and I thank him for making that class enjoyable and passible. For all the students, teachers, parents, etc, that you have assisted over the years, Thank you both.

And yes Mr. Harrison I did graduate and have made a pretty good career for myself.

-- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Tue, May 27, 2008, at 7:17 AM

As a Northview Alumni (Class of 91) I just wanted to say congratulations to both of you on your retirements!

-- Posted by jeanwalton on Tue, May 27, 2008, at 9:49 AM

What agreat legacy to leave! Thank you for your years of service!

-- Posted by madmom61 on Tue, May 27, 2008, at 10:26 AM

Good Luck to the both of you! My husband and I both had Don as guidance counselor and we really really enjoyed him..enjoy your time off together you both earned it!

from the class of 03' and 04'


-- Posted by hunny2209 on Tue, May 27, 2008, at 11:47 AM

Thank you both for your service to the education of many youth in this community. I too had Mrs. Harrison as a librarian and Mr. Harrison as a counselor. You will be greatly missed. Congratulations and best wishes on your retirement.

-- Posted by hoosiertwins on Tue, May 27, 2008, at 4:33 PM

I think Mr. Harrison got his start at Brazil High School, not Northview. I never had the priviledge of being one of your students, but thank you both for your years of service to the children of our community.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Tue, May 27, 2008, at 6:52 PM

Kudos to Don and Marian!! I've known you both for many years and have had the pleasure of working with Marian for a long time. Congratulations and enjoy retirement......you've certainly earned it!!

-- Posted by Bigpappy on Tue, May 27, 2008, at 9:55 PM

I myself remember attending both Meridian and then the rest of of elementary days at East Side and Mrs. Harrison working in the library. Its all true that time flys by and its here and gone before you know it. Congratulations and hope you both enjoy retirement and the best of luck to you in the future.

-- Posted by jjen1212 on Wed, May 28, 2008, at 1:39 AM

Mr. Harrison was always a wonderful teacher and a great guy. I wish Mr. and Mrs. Harrison a wonderful retirement.

-- Posted by scwh1974 on Wed, May 28, 2008, at 9:47 AM

I had the privalege of being at East Side when Mrs. Harrison was still teaching and began as librarian. She opened a whole new world to me, which I have passed on to my children. Mr. Harrison was also my teacher for several english classes and was one of those teachers who truely make a difference. Thanks to you both...class of 88

-- Posted by gingersnap13 on Sat, May 31, 2008, at 1:15 AM

Mr. Harrison - congratulations on your retirement! You made English tolerable during my sophomore year in high school.

Again, congratulations from one of your students of the class of '93.

-- Posted by bman796 on Sun, Jun 1, 2008, at 1:00 PM

Man. I feel old. Have a great Retirment you two. I was blessed with being able to have Mr. Harrison as my counselor in Hihg School and Mrs. Harrison as my Librarian in elementary school. Enjoy your retirement!

-- Posted by Inquizitor on Mon, Jun 2, 2008, at 2:15 AM

Mr. Harrison was my english teacher in high school, and I think probably one of the most thoughtful and caring teachers at the school. He always had a positive attiude and that was passed on to many of the students. I think that the school system is losing a great pair of teachers. I wish the best to both of them, they have worked hard and now it's time to enjoy the benefits of their hard work.

Good luck in all your future endeavors.

-- Posted by Localguy1972 on Tue, Jun 3, 2008, at 1:52 PM

I am so sad to see one of my favorite people leave...even though I graduated this year (2008) I am really going to miss Mr. Harrison go! He was my Guidance Counsler for the last 4 years and he knows my family very well!! I wish you and your wife a long and happy retirement!! Have a Great Summer!! I'm going to miss you!!

Tiffany Meaden (Colclasure)

-- Posted by mrsmeaden on Sun, Jun 8, 2008, at 3:25 PM

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