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Paterson teacher celebrates 49th year, marking district’s longest-ever tenure

It was a historic moment for one local teacher today and the entire Paterson school district.

News 12 Staff

Sep 7, 2022, 10:26 PM

Updated 654 days ago

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It was a historic moment for one local teacher today and the entire Paterson school district.
Bessy Ames started her first day in the district on Sept. 1, 1974. She is now celebrating her 49th year, the district's longest-ever tenure.
On Wednesday, her colleagues and friends celebrated Ames' achievement.
Ames herself said she was simply happy to have been working as a teacher for as long as she has.
Her advice to teachers who might not have as much experience as she does? Focus on the students.


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