Carraher retires after 40 years in education, 37 in Gretna – The Daily Nonpareil

by | Jun 4, 2022 | Education

Rachel George

After 40 years in education, all but three of those years in Gretna, local play pro legend Carole Carraher has retired from Gretna Public Schools.When she first got into teaching, Carraher said she envisioned she would stay with it for a few years.“Since then, I have loved my job and known this is where I was supposed to be,” she said. “I wish more people could see the goodness and value of becoming an educator.”In the late ‘70s, when Carraher graduated from high school, the norm for women was to either stay home and get married, or become a hairdresser, a secretary, a nurse or a teacher, she said.“I picked teaching, primarily because I love to read,” she said. “I read 400 novels when I was in seventh grade. I loved English classes, speech, drama. It was a really natural segue to go into teaching English language arts.Carraher attended Kearney State College, earning an English language arts degree, which allowed her to teach English, speech, drama and journalism. She taught at West Holt High School in Atkinson, Nebraska for three years, before coming to Gretna.

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At Gretna, Carraher started out as an English teacher, getting involved immediately with theater. She directed a fall play, the One Act, co-directed a musical and coached the speech team in her first few years.“I taught primarily every freshman who went through these doors for many years,” she said. She also taught sophomore and junior English along the way, as well as a speech and drama class.She coached the speech team for more than 20 years, but stopped when she moved from teacher to guidance counselor nearly 10 years ago.Carraher said she transitioned into guidance because it seemed to be a “natural segue,” allowing her to continue to work with youth while freeing her from the constant grading of papers.“At first I felt like a fish out of water because I missed the classroom so much, but I’ve transitioned to it,” she said.Somewhere al …

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