by Sunny Layne
WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Chances are, each of us has at least one teacher who has made a positive difference in our lives.
For hundreds of students at one school, Mrs. Limback is that teacher. Meet Mrs. Sharon Limback, someone you should know.
Students know Mrs. Sharon Limback for her enthusiasm, for a pleasant surprise, and for her loving nature.
"She is happy," her 4-year-old student Hailey said. "She's a happy girl."
Limback has taught at Immanuel Lutheran School in Waterloo for 30 years this winter.
"I could watch them grow up," Limback said. "That was the best part."
And when you teach pre-school, eighth grade and choir for a total of three decades, some unexpected things can happen.
Mrs. Limback has inspired countless children, in fact, she's even inspired some to teach themselves.
A man who was dressed in a Cookie Monster costume came into the room to sing and give cookies. Soon the children find out this is more than just a Sesame Street character.
This "Cookie Monster" and 3rd grade teacher Mister Chad Holtzman was actually Mrs. Limback's student in the '80s.
"Never in a million years did I dream I'd be teaching alongside Mrs. Limback," Holtzman said.
He considers it one of his highest honors.
"Her generosity, and love for children and her caring for them," he said.
Along with reading and drawing, this Lutheran School teacher can't let the children go without a prayer each day.
"Thank you God for all your care, for being with us everywhere."
And a special song.
"Good-bye may God watch over you."
So how long will she continue?
"I can still beat the 3 and 4-year-olds down the gym floor when we have races," she said, "so that's kind of my mark."
Sounds like more generations can look forward to learning from Mrs. Limback.
Some fellow students of Mrs. Limback's children are also teachers now at Immanuel Lutheran.