She's back

On their 100th day of school Tuesday, students at Florence K-8 honored Aurelia Padilla, a 100-year-old former teacher. Pictured on Mrs. Padilla’s left are her great-grandchildren Easton, Remi and Hunter.

FLORENCE

For their 100th day of school Tuesday, students at Florence K-8 honored Aurelia Padilla, a 100-year-old former teacher.

She taught first grade at the former Florence Elementary School.

“I’m very proud of being a first grade teacher and taught for 35 years in Florence,” Padilla said. “I had so many parents who wanted me as their (child’s) first grade teacher. But I also loved dancing. My parents, my father especially, had me dancing since I was 4 years old, I guess.”

She used to teach her students “The Scorpion Song,” and she taught it to her great-grandson Easton’s class Tuesday.

“I devoted quite a bit of time to Spanish dancing while I was still teaching,” Padilla said. “Even after I got married, I was still dancing for another five or 10 years.”

She married Raul J. Padilla. “He had a beautiful home for me on the farm. We had a wonderful life, and I miss Mr. Padilla,” she said.

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Mark Cowling is the county reporter for PinalCentral and covers the town of Florence, San Tan Valley and the surrounding area. He can be reached at mcowling@pinalcentral.com.

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