TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-Kyle Hicks had dreams to work in the broadcasting industry, but that changed when she attended Washburn University and she decided to major in elementary education.
"I love school. I just love school and I got hooked and it just happened and it was perfect," said Hicks.
She began in 1979, teaching 3rd grade through 6th grade at Pleasant Hill Elementary. 16 years of teaching never felt like work to her because she loved spending time with her students.
"What I enjoyed most is just the kids and their sense of humor," said Hicks.
Earning a Master's degree moved Hicks to the head of the class. She spent 14 years as Principal at Lyman Elementary, then another 4 at Rochester.
"Being a principal is the best of everything. I mean you can be everything or anything that needs to happen," said Hicks.
And after 34 years as a teacher and principal in the Seamen School district, Kyle Hicks is retiring. Her co-workers say they are sad to see her go, but they will always remember the valuable lessons she taught them.
"She just has such a good heart and she is just wonderful. I learned basic life skills from her and she is good mentor," said Kindergarten teacher at Rochester, Amber Campidilli.
"I would like to thank her personally for being a mentor to me," said Debbie Tofflemire, 4th grade teacher at Rochester.
"When you make a difference, it's a good deal," said Hicks.
Hicks plans to work part time for College and Career Advocates next Fall at Seaman High School.