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After 40 years as a part of District 833, Liberty Ridge Elementary School third grade teacher Mary Wellman has seen a lot of change. Wellman has seen everything from women teachers being forbidden to wear pants to no outdoor recess to not having specialist teachers.


"I've seen a lot of changes, but the thing that has remained constant is the 8- and 9-year-olds," she said.

Wellman, 62, will be retiring at the end of this year.

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Amber Kispert-Smith
Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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