“They wear me out some days, but they’re worth every minute,” she said of the children. “These are my babies. We, as teachers, become a part of them.
“I’m definitely excited about retirement, too. It’s a new chapter,” Rew said. “I have two wonderful grandchildren, and I want to be able to pick up a book and read it, and do some traveling with my husband.”
She also is considering a career change and is interested in training to become a phlebotomist.
“I have the patience, and I love to talk to people,” she said of drawing blood as a profession.
Diane Rew Position: Preschool teacher at Southwest Elementary School Age: 56 Education: Graduate of Naperville Central High School; and bachelor's and master's degrees from Eastern Illinois University. Experience: Started teaching third grade at Fairchild School in 1981; taught kindergarten and first grade at Lincoln School; worked part-time tutoring homebound District 118 students while raising her son and daughter; opened a new prekindergarten classroom and became screening coordinator the following year at McKinley School; served as Title I family involvement coordinator for District 118 for seven years; preschool coordinator for seven years; and preschool teacher for four years.