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Maple Dale Teacher Retires After 36 Years in District

Jim Campbell says his inspiration comes from the light in a child's eye "when they truly understand the enjoyment of learning."

Welcome to Names in the News, Fox Point-Bayside Patch's new weekly column, where we introduce you to a local face.

Last week we sat down with  who has lived in Fox Point her entire life was recognized by the Ozaukee County Humane Society at the Be Kind to Animals Awards Ceremony. This week, we chatted with Jim Campbell (JC), a teacher for 36 years. He has taught in both the elementary and middle school and coached every different sport the district has offered. 

Patch: What is your favorite thing about Fox Point?

JC: My favorite aspect of being a teacher is the total interaction I have had with my students. This involves not only the academics, but their social and emotional development as young learners.

Patch: How did you begin teaching at  and what keeps you doing it?

JC: I began by volunteering for the summer school program and getting my foot in the door by student teaching my senior at UWM. What kept me most satisfied is the outstanding support that we have always received from our student's parents and our administration.

Patch: What are you most proud of?

JC: I can honestly say that I have always been extremely proud to be a teacher and to feel each day the joy of coming and seeing my school children.

Patch: What influences or inspires you?

JC: What inspires me is seeing the light go on in a child's eyes when they truly understand the enjoyment of learning something new and exciting.

Patch: What ways do you think others can get involved and make a difference?

JC: There are a myriad of ways that we can all reach out to educate, inspire, and help others make better lives for themselves. It's up to each one of us to find which avenues we can best use to apply our unique skills to help others.

About this column: In this weekly column, we'll help you get to know another member of the community. Do you know someone in Fox Point or Bayside who's doing some amazing things? Email suggestions to Editor Sarah Worthman. 

Kris May 17, 2012 at 01:34 AM
We're going to miss you, Jim!

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