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Carol Irvin has devoted 35 years to teaching special education students. Of those 35 years, 33 of them have been for the Paxton and Paxton-Buckley-Loda school districts. Mrs. Irvin and her husband Vic have two children, Lewis and Grace. Mrs. Irvin also has two step-daughters Stacy and Daphie. She has 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Irvin was born in Danville, IL. She attended Armstrong High School, Armstrong, IL and graduated in 1982. After graduation Mrs. Irvin attended Eastern Illinois University to major in accounting. However, while in college, Mrs. Irvin felt a pull toward the field of education and switched her major. She graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education. She has also taken classes at Illinois State University.

            After graduating from EIU, Mrs. Irvin’s first teaching position landed her back at her old high school in Armstrong. She taught there for one year and then taught at Bismarck High School for one year. In 1988 she applied in the Paxton school  district and was hired in August. That began her 33 years of working with junior high and high school students in Paxton.

            One of Mrs. Irvin’s favorite memories was watching the high school boys play at state in basketball. “I’ll miss the students,” she said, “and I’ll miss my colleagues and the laughs we shared during lunch and team meetings. But one thing I won’t miss is wearing a mask!”

 “I also want to thank the PBL School District for the opportunity to work in this district,” Mrs. Irvin added.

 It is the PBL School District that is thankful for Mrs. Irvin. Our district has been fortunate to have a dedicated teacher working with our students for 33 years. Her experience and expertise will be greatly missed by students and staff alike. She was always an advocate for her students and made sure that each student received the individualized support he or she needed. We hope that Mrs. Irvin will enjoy her retirement and will be able to spend more time gardening, scrapbooking, and watching the Cubs, Bears, and Illini games!