MADRID, Iowa -- Linda Silver has been teaching at Madrid Elementary School for nearly five decades. The first-grade teacher landed her first job at the school 46 years ago and never left.
"It seems rather impossible that I’ve been doing it that long," said Silver.
The Madrid School District says Silver is the longest-serving teacher in its district, and state officials say she's one of the longest serving in Iowa.
Silver's impact spans three generations in some families.
"The kids will say, you had my dad, you had my grandpa. And they'll talk about the connections. When I have conferences, the parents will come in and say, yep, we know you," Silver said.
The teaching bug also rubbed off on her son, who is a fourth-generation teacher.
"Seeing that heart and that passion that she had for kids and the community, it really inspired me to become a teacher, and in a lot of ways who I am today," said Chris Silver.
Silver said over the years she's maintained the same three goals for her students.
"I want my kids to come out of it caring about others, doing their very best and learning everything they can," she said.
Silver said following retirement, she plans to volunteer and substitute at the school.