52 Faces: Retired teacher looks for what’s next

Special education long has been in Deb Walz’s heart

Throughout her many years in the Burlington School District, Sandy Walz taught at three schools, worked with 25 student teachers and taught general and special education to varying grade levels.

Walz, who retired at the end of this past school year after 43 years with the district, would have been content to stay there for many more years to come, but something new is calling her. Even if she can’t yet say what.

“I have something else to do, I just haven’t figured it out,” she said with a laugh.

She plans to spend the first day of the school 2018-19 school year in Coralville with a friend enjoying Olive Garden. The meal will be a bittersweet distraction for Walz, who will miss the hustle and bustle that comes with getting ready for the new school year in August and welcoming new and returning students to her classroom at Grimes Elementary School, where she has taught level 1 special education to second- through fourth-grade students for the past four years.

Source: 52 Faces: Retired teacher looks for what’s next

Jimmy Kilpatrick, a national recognized professional special education advocate since 1994.

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