MOUND — Jim Halvarson has a long history with Shirley Hills Primary School in Mound. He went to the school from 1967-1974 and then started teaching there in 1989.

He retired in December 2019.

Halvarson was the school’s physical education teacher, teaching kindergartners through fourth-graders for 31 years.

“It’s been a great career,” Halvarson told Lakeshore Weekly News.

One of his favorite parts of being a teacher was getting to see kids as they grew up.

“Seeing them improve from kindergarten to fourth grade in gym,” Halvarson said, “seeing students and high school athletes later on in their career or life — that’s the most rewarding for me.”

Halvarson also got to

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