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Someone You Should Know: W. Dubuque Educator Retires

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After nearly five decades, an eastern Iowa school administrator is leaving his position to be a full-time grandfather.

Tim Showalter started as a fifth and sixth grade classroom teacher before becoming an administrator, but Showalter didn't always plan on going into education.

"I visited a classroom in Oelwein when I was in college and saw a young teacher teaching 5th grade. Something happened, one of those light-went-on type of things. I thought I'd like to do that. I think that would be fun."

Showalter changed his major to education. After graduating, the Western Dubuque Community School District hired him. He's never left, working with thousands of students throughout the years.

"In fact, there's a kid in this school who said you were my grandma's favorite teacher. I thought it's time to get out," said Tim Showalter.

Showalter spent most of his time -- about 30 years -- as principal at Drexler Middle School in Farley. This is his second and last year as principal at Epworth Elementary.

"Throughout all my evaluations with superintendents, the line in my evaluations has always been Tim is a kids' principal, and I think that's good," he said.

The long-time educator is now ready to be a full-time grandfather. One of his daughters, who lives in California, just had twins. His other daughter has one child and another on the way.

Showalter said his biggest adjustment will be sleeping in. He likes to be at work by 6 a.m..

He'll also miss seeing and greeting the students in the hall every day and saying three little words after the daily announcements:

"When I'm making the announcements I can hear all the classrooms in unison, if I forget to say it: 'that is all'. They're on to me," said Showalter.

But even though Showalter won't be at the school anymore, his legacy lives on.

"I've hired people as teachers who've said I was the reason they chose this profession."

Almost five decades in education -- coming to an end.  In the words of Principal Tim Showalter, "that is all".

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