NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Two Pikeview Elementary teachers are splitting up after two decades of working together, but it's not your typical breakup.
Pre-kindergarten teacher Danielle Homan and her assistant Felicia Taylor may be the longest teaching duo in the North Little Rock School District. Over the past 20 years, both teachers said they've seen a lot and been through even more, but the separation is creating a moment for the pair that is both sad and joyful. The two pre-kindergarten teachers are sad to know that one day they will no longer be a working pair.
"It hasn't always been roses, in the beginning, it was difficult,” Homan admitted. “I am being dead honest, it was very difficult."
Like any relationship, you find a way to make it work. This year marks the 20th anniversary for them. Together they've taught more than 400 kids at Pikeview Elementary. It's a working relationship that started in 1997 and one that kept them together for two decades.
"Getting to know each other,” Taylor said. “That was a big part of it, you know, that trust."
The two are thinking of how this portion of that relationship will soon be over. Taylor is completing five online courses through Harding University towards her Bachelor's degree that will earn her a teaching certification.
"It's so beneficial for me,” Taylor said of the online courses. “I don't have to drive to Searcy because I do have a family.'"
North Little Rock School District is making it possible for assistants likes Taylor to enroll in college and apply what they do every day as material for the classes they're taking online. Everything but the books are free.
"I really am so grateful for that,” Taylor said. “Because otherwise, I would have to stop working.”
It will be a bittersweet moment for the inseparable pair, but one that starts a new chapter. The clock will soon start over after 20 long years.
"I'm kind of sad,” Homan said. “I’ll cry just thinking about it."
Both teachers graduated from the same high school in the same year, and they said the reward of it all is when students come back to visit and invite them to their graduations. Taylor hopes to stay at Pikeview Elementary to be close to her 20-year teaching partner.