Mr. Thornton retires after 49 years


June 1, 2022

After the final day of school this year, the Big Sandy Schools Facebook Page posted a short video of "Mr. T's last walk out the door after 49 years." Kids cheered on and accompanied the well-loved teacher as he headed down the front walk for the last time. Mr. T has worked part time for the last several years in the library and helping kids one-on-one with school work. Much of the reason for his long tenure has been his love for teaching kids and for our little town.

Dick Thornton started teaching at FE Miley Elementary School in the fall of 1972. He initially set out to take a job in Great Fa...

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