For half a century, she's surrounded herself with books and students she calls "her children."
Esther Mae Hockett has touched the lives of thousands of Wilson County students as a teacher and full-time librarian.
On Monday, she stayed late at her home away from home – the Mt. Juliet High School library.
"Well, the students need to do their research," she said. "I like keeping the library open after school lets out."
Hockett, 71, was recently honored by the Wilson County Board of Education for her dedicated service to the school system. She received a resolution of appreciation plaque which lauds her 50 years as librarian – and teacher of many subjects.
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