For 21 years, Marge Hays walked the halls of Kenai Peninsula College, passing on her knowledge to many students.
For many, May 1 was the last day of classes until the fall. For Hays it was the last day of classes for good. Hays, 66, retired from her full-time position as a psychology instructor after more than 20 years at the college. She said she has seen more students pass through her classroom than she can count.
"It's been fun teaching here, it never got boring," she said.
Before starting her employment at KPC, she worked as a social worker, elementary and secondary school teacher and a school counselor.
When she decided to retire, she said, she thought she would be depressed about the decision. But her positive attitude came to her as a surprise.
"I'm feeling darn good," Hays said.
Ginger Steffy, director of KPC, said that she has worked with Hays more than 13 years.
"Marge is a fantastic faculty member and a wonderful teacher," she said.
Steffy said Hays' presence in the community represented the college well, and she was always willing to help her students. She also maintained high standards in her classes, which students enjoyed.
"She will be definitely missed," Steffy said.
Hays has hopes to someday travel to Italy, but has current plans to travel to her 45th college reunion in mid-May.
Hays also has served on numerous boards for organizations, including serving as president of the board of the Central Peninsula Counselor Center and as president of the Alaska State League of Women Voters. She currently is chair of the Alaska Commission on Aging.
After traveling, she plans on staying active in the community.
"But I want to come back, I love my groups," she said.
She said that she has thoroughly enjoyed the students, staff and opportunities experienced at KPC.
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