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HED:Tupelo High School's Bonnie Webb retires

By Jennifer Ginn

Daily Journal

On Tuesday, the Tupelo School Board accepted the resignation of long-time high school English teacher Bonnie Webb.

In addition to having taught at Tupelo High School for all 31 years of her career, Webb also has been one of the coaches for the high school's Academic Decathlon team. The team has won the state Academic Decathlon title for the past 15 years, every year since Mississippi began participating in the national competition.

Although Webb will no longer be teaching, she will continue to coach the team. She has been on leave since the beginning of school and her retirement will be effective later this month.

"We certainly are losing a stellar English teacher in Bonnie Webb," said Charles "Skip" Robertson Jr., a board member whose children have competed on the team. "We hate to see that happen."

"She just takes so much experience with her," Vinson said. "She's been a strong leader of the decathlon program. You just don't like to lose people like that. She's almost irreplaceable."

Webb, 52, said she is retiring to take care of family obligations.

"I couldn't give teaching the energy, physically or mentally, it deserves," Webb said. "I didn't want to do it if I couldn't do it well."

Webb said it is difficult to leave teaching behind.

"In some ways, it's very difficult to quit," she said. "It's just like leaving a part of your life behind. I'm an only child, so the faculty has really been my family.

"It's been a wonderful career as I look back on it. I can't think of the number of dance recitals, piano recitals and weddings I've been to. It's those kind of relationships beyond the classroom that make it such a special profession."

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