MICHAEL THOMASON | THE ADVOCATE & DEMOCRAT
Retiring Madisonville Primary School Principal David Hester stands next to the school’s front
entrance sign. Hester has been a part of elementary education in Madisonville since he entered
first grade in 1956.
|Published: 9:58 AM, 06/24/2013
||Last updated: 9:59 AM, 06/24/2013
Author: Michael Thomason
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
MADISONVILLE-Anybody saying they spent
their entire lives in one place probably can't match David Hester's
In 1956, Hester became a student at the former Madisonville Elementary School. In 1972, fresh out of college, Hester
became a teacher at the school. In 1992, he became principal of the
school. Now, after 41 years in education, he's retiring from Madisonville Primary School, content with a life of educating Madisonville students.
"There have been changes," Hester
said. "The school I went to is long gone. And it became a primary
school in 1995. But the biggest thing, back when I started, the
school had grades K-6 in it and had a total of about 400 students.
Now it's grades K-2 and we've got 600 students."
Hester taught third and fourth grades
in his teaching career, covering every subject there was. And he
admits he's been in education so long, he's taught several
"People will bring their kids to
school and say I taught them when they were kids," he said. "Some
want me to hang on another couple of years until their kids get
through the school."
Hester said the secret to a long career
in education is treating people with respect.
See full story in the Sunday, June 23, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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