Carmel Clay Schools honors instructional assistant for 45 years with district
By Renee Larr
David Butcher, an instructional assistant at Carmel Elementary School, was recently recognized by the Carmel Clay school board for 45 years of service with the district. He has spent those years teaching a variety of grade levels and coaching several sports.
He began his career as a sixth-grade teacher in 1972 at Woodbrook Elementary, then moved to Clay Middle School from 1974 through mid-year of the 2009-10 school year. After retiring, he returned to school as a substitute teacher and began his position at Carmel Elementary more than five years ago.
Butcher, 66, has always enjoyed working with students and said the time has passed quickly.
“I found that not only could I challenge the students, but they could challenge me to find different ways to approach the subject matter being presented,” he said. “I’ve really enjoyed seeing former students grow through the years. Having the same job for 45 years is definitely mind-boggling. The time’s passed so quickly it doesn’t seem like it’s been that long.
” I’ve been lucky enough to work with so many wonderful teachers, administrators and others in the Carmel system. It’s made working here a great experience.”
Butcher has even had former students reintroduce themselves when their children were going through Carmel schools. He has no plan to leave anytime soon, especially if his students have a say.
“At the service awards my kids told me that since I had already reached 45 years, going for another five to make it 50 shouldn’t be difficult,” Butcher said. “I’ve told people when they’ve asked that as long as I enjoy doing what I am doing and have good health, I plan to continue.”
Butcher is grateful for the acknowledgement of his service.
“Some of the best rewards have been the acknowledgements made by so many friends, former students and others,” he said. “It’s made me feel that I’ve had a successful career.”