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“If something ever became a job, I said I would quit,” Rich Kehoe said in explaining his love for teaching. “This is not a job to me. To me, it’s fun and I enjoy it.” Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

One last ‘back to school’: Teacher Rich Kehoe reflects on more than 40 years in education


BEMIDJI – Rich Kehoe, an elementary special-education teacher, has his own way of connecting with each of his students.

“You can be their friend, but you can’t cross that line and be their buddy,” he said. “As a teacher, you need to demand their respect … It’s a tough line.”

Kehoe, who works at Lincoln Elementary with students with emotional and behavioral disorders, is entering his 42nd year as a teacher. This school year will be his last; he plans to retire next spring.

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