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Joanne Blanton retiring after 50 years


Joanne Tuck Blanton didn’t have any children, but for the past 50 years she has claimed the thousands of students who have passed through–or failed–her class as her own.

Joanne Blanton

The Caroline High School social studies teacher, known for sending her students to local government meetings, is retiring this year.

“I’ve spent 48 years in Caroline and for a long time I was a ‘come here,’” the South Carolina native said. “I hope I’m part of Caroline County now.”

Although she’s not a native of Caroline, the 71-year-old educator has taught three generations of students and has become a county icon.

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