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Published: Sunday, June 1 2014 10:30 p.m. MDT

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Monsieur le prof
Sandy, UT

Alas, another great educator is leaving. And all the new books and technology can't replace him. After all is said and done, it's still the teacher that determines the success of the students, no matter what the class. Congratulations Paul Watson. The profession will miss you...

Mountain View, CA

I had Mr Watson in class from 1989-1992. In 1992 he took the 9th graders to Moab for a mountain biking trip to Slick Rock. When I got hurt mid-ride he stayed with me for the next grueling 3 hours to get out of there. I was so embarrassed; but his positive spirit and compassion was truly exceptional. I will never forget the impact he had on me. Thank you for your impact and have a well deserved retirement!

Holladay, UT

Paul Watson is one of the finest people I've ever had the pleasure to know. So pleased to see that a man of this caliber, who would shun the spotlight, would get this kind of deserved recognition. Thank you for helping me work through the initial challenges of teaching, and especially classroom discipline, where I learned through Paul that love can be shown the most if applied with firm compassion.

Salt Lake City, UT

Mr. Watson, thank you! Many times during the past 24 years since I was a Wasatch student, I have reflected on my good memories of being in your classes (orchestra and French!). Your teaching was one of the few bright spots I had during the battleground years of jr. high. And there is not one time when I pass South Summit High on my way to the Uintas that I don't think of you and your car-in-the-dumpster story. I wish you the best, because you ARE the best!
-Natalie (Nordgren)

Orem Parent
Orem, UT

Congrats on a fine career.

Now what most of us don't realize is that there is someone like this retiring at just about every school in Utah. My hat is off to all of the fine, dedicated educators we have in our state. I just wish you call all get this kind of recognition for a job well done instead of the constant belittling that is thrown your way. One day in a middle school classroom was all it took for me to realize what these teachers accomplish day in and day out.

Sadly we are going to see less and less of these kinds of stories. Thanks to our wonderful legislature, the teachers now longer have a retirement pension. Teachers will no longer stay put for 30 years. Just look at your local school and see how many "beginning" teachers you have this year. It has become an hourly job instead of a respected career.

I wish I could see that changing but I don't.

Mr. Watson, enjoy every minute of your retirement. You deserve it.

Salt Lake City, UT

Paul Watson personifies integrity. He is a walking book on the topic. He is deep. He listens more than he talks. If all teachers --nay, if all educators, and parents, and legislators, and next-door-neighbors could be as Paul Watson, there would be only successful schools and students and families throughout this state and nation. Thanks for this well-deserved recognition, Lee Benson.

J Dymock
Paradise, UT

A great tribute to a great teacher, musician, and mentor to young minds. So very long ago, I played third chair trombone at South Summit High School when Paul was first chair and his cousin was second. Who would have thought those early beginnings would have produced such talent and achievement. His passion for music began early! A big shout out to you, Paul! Julie (Lambert) Dymock

Salt Lake City, UT

Bravo Paul! A fine testament to an extraordinary man. Congratulations and kind wishes to you and your equally noteworthy wife as you begin the next movement in your life's symphony.

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