TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) South Hills Middle School teacher Juli Hall has taught a lot of kids in her 40 years of teaching.
The former language arts teacher now has two former students as colleagues.
"Both of them I think were eighth grade language arts,” Hall stated.
One of those students is Ryan Nesmith, now a vice principal at Twin Falls High School.
"The first time I saw her, I was at like a committee meeting, we work on the same committee together, and she was there. And I didn't really know what to say at first, 'cause I didn't know if she recognized me. And I just said 'Hey Mrs. Hall, I don't know if you remember me, you know, my name’s Ryan Nesmith', and she was like, ‘Oh yeah I remember you’”, Nesmith stated.
Some habits were hard to break for her former students.
"The funny thing is a lot of times they just can’t get past calling me Mrs. Hall. You know, and I'll say ‘You can call me Juli, were colleagues now’, and no, they still want to call me Mrs. Hall,” Hall explained.
For Nesmith, Hall isn't the only former teacher he's now colleagues with.
“I evaluate actually some of my teachers that I had in high school. I graduated in 2003 from Twin Falls High School, and it was interesting, the first year to kind of come back and interact with them and talk with them and stuff,” Nesmith continued. “It's interesting to evaluate them, but luckily, they're great teachers, they are phenomenal in the classroom, and I have a lot of respect for them, so that makes it a lot easier,” Nesmith stated.
It comes back to the passion of watching their students’ succeed.
"It makes me really, really proud to see that they're at that point,” Hall explained.