WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - After teaching for more than 43 years, it is now guaranteed that teacher Betty Lou McCray Wells will look over students for many years to come.
Her face and name now have been stamped to the front of the media center at Bear Lakes Middle School.
With much fanfare Monday, Wells knew something was going on, but wasn't sure of the details.
She followed marching children playing instruments who were chanting, "Hey Ms. Wells!" in a decorated golf cart through the school.
When the media center was revealed, her eyes welled up with tears.
Andrea Peppers, one of Wells' former principals, explained why the teacher is so special.
"She knows every child can learn, and she is determined to get the best out of them," Peppers said.
She is known for pushing children to their limits and going to any lengths to reach them.
"I'm in the community. I've went into drug houses to try to make sure that all of our children are on task. I love doing what I do," she said.
The teacher was forced out of retirement once, and now says, her career is far from over.
"No, I'm not going anywhere. I'm going to be right here, to look at my media center," she said, smiling. The crowd of onlookers laughed, cheered and clapped.