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Rose Farley loved the laughter and the hugs of children at St. Joseph School for 23 years. She officially retired June 7.

Farley and her husband, Jesse, sent their three daughters to the school. When their youngest daughter, Jackie, entered first grade, she accepted a position as teacher aide to the kindergarten teacher.

About 15 years ago, St. Joseph Principal Natalie Lamareaux recognized some students needed extra help. She asked Farley to take on a new position as a tutor for children having difficulty with reading.

To become more proficient in the position, Farley attended a year-long program and was certified in the Wilson Reading System, a remedial program that teaches the structure of the language for students who require multi-sensory language instruction.

“I’ve worked closely with first grade teacher Carol Feeley. She could spot the beginning readers who were having trouble, and she would send them to me right away,” Farley said. “But I worked with older kids, too.”

Her door was open to any students who needed help.

“I really enjoyed my job here and staying with the kids. I believe being around the kids kept me young and fresh,” she said.

In retirement Farley will be caring for her newest grandchild, Simone.

This story appeared in the June 2016 print edition of the Chronicle.

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