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Retiring art teacher watches Candler students create for last time in her career

For the last 30 years, Jean Caldwell has been praising students in Candler, where she has spent her entire career. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

The school year is coming to a close for students in Buncombe County, and it's also end of an era at Candler Elementary as their beloved art teacher prepares to retire.

For the last 30 years, Jean Caldwell has been praising students in Candler, where she has spent her entire career.

She orchestrated a rock painting project for 450 students, an undertaking she hopes will be continued.

"I want to see a colorful ribbon of stones going down there. I mean, I walked this sidewalk for 30 years and I think that would be a beautiful edition," Caldwell said.

Caldwell also teaches art at Woodfin Elementary School.

She said she will miss every student but she doesn't plan to rest during her retirement. She's already making plans for more adventures.

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