August 29 marked the 37th first day of school for Cindy Fitzpatrick.
The last 22 of those years she has been an elementary school administrator, currently she is Rising Sun Elementary's principal. That's the school she attended.
"The first day is really exciting. School is much better when the kids are here," said Fitzpatrick. "The new school year is exciting and I can't wait for school to start. I could retire but I don't want to, I love what I do here every day."
Amy Klusak reported back to class a week before she was required to do so. Klusak, a teacher for eight years wanted to get her first grade classroom set up. "I'm ready to see the kids. I'm excited to share with them about first grade. First graders are exciting. They want to share about their summer but some of them will be quiet and nervous," said Klusak.
Her class will contain about 20 students. "I love getting to know the kids. I have had their siblings," she said.
Elizabeth Wiggins attended Rising Sun Elementary School. She's now in her third year of teaching third grade this time around. "When I was a kid, the first day of school I was nervous and excited. But I was shy," said Wiggins.
Like Klusak, Wiggins was in her classroom days before she was required to be there. "I like to have things ready so I can focus on the kids. I like to get prepared," said Wiggins.
She said it takes more than a full day to set up a classroom. And if her classroom bulletin boards seem half completed, that's intentional. "I do get the bulletin boards from Pinterest. Now they are more interactive. That makes kids more a part of the classroom. I lay the foundation and they fill it in. We build the classroom together over the year. It's not my room, it's our room," Wiggins said.