Pascagoula principal celebrates a major milestone

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It was a celebration fit for a queen, the Flamingo Queen that is!

After nearly 47 years of service in the Pascagoula Gautier School System, Principal Shirley Hunter, affectionately known as the Flamingo Queen, enters retirement.

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Hunter was honored by current and past students, parents, and co-workers with a reception and a huge parade, just for her, right in front of Beach Elementary School.

Hunter says she will always cherish the years she spent lending a helping hand to the generations in her community. “I started teaching when I was 20 and I’ve just really loved having family, seeing the light come on in children’s eyes. It’s not all about test scores and academics. It’s about developing and shaping students into well-rounded citizens who grow up to be productive citizens in the world.”

Hunter began her career in education at South Elementary School. She then served as principal of Beach Elementary School for more than 30 years.

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