Teacher remembered at dedication
Warren — Family, friends, colleagues, students and community members gathered Oct. 26 to honor a veteran teacher who died suddenly in April.
Peggy Collins taught for 32 years at Warren Community School prior to her sudden death earlier this year.
"Peggy was one of those inspirational teachers who colored 'outside of the lines'," said Elaine Nutter during the ceremony. Nutter had worked with Collins for several years before she took on the superintendent role at the Camden-area school districts.
The gathering was held to dedicate a special memorial stone in the parking lot — the same space Collins occupied for many years. Even after her death, others arriving to school could not bring themselves to park in the first space.
Family members attending the ceremony were her husband, Clayton, son Matthew Calderwood, his wife Shannon and their two children Acadia and Phinneus. Daughter Kristi and her family were unable to be in attendance, but joined in spirit.
Many shared heartfelt remarks, reflecting on the dedicated professional they knew Collins to be.
Bob "Bobbykins" Hunter, a colleague of Collins for the past few years, acted as master of ceremonies. "No one escaped having a name of endearment awarded by Mrs. Collins," said Hunter.
Known for her energetic and engaging teaching style as well as the nicknames she would bestow on all of the children and staff at the school, Collins touched many lives within the community.
The stone memorial was made by Bob Williams and the staff at Brooks Monuments in Warren.
"Thank you for the privilege of honoring Mrs. Collins and all of the WCS staff," said Williams while placing the stone for the dedication. "They provided my girls with such a wonderful education."
"This was a labor of love for us at Brooks Monuments," said Williams.
Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.
Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.
Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 13.
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