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Decision to Retire Tough to Swallow for Brown School Art Teacher

Katherine Furst's last day will be Jan. 14.

Brown Elementary School teacher Katherine Furst. Courtesy photo
Brown Elementary School teacher Katherine Furst. Courtesy photo
When you've been a part of a community for as long as Katherine Furst has, saying goodbye is not easy.

One of Natick's longtime teachers announced last week she has decided to retire, effective Jan. 14.

Furst, who is an art teacher at Brown Elementary School, said leaving the students and fellow teachers won't be easy.

"It has been an honor working in Brown School, and I thank you all for your generous support of the program and the many years you have allowed me to make art with your children," she said in a statement. "I am having a hard time letting go, so I will not be a stranger to the art room, making sure that the transition for the new art teacher will be a smooth one for the all."

Furst has been teaching for more than 25 years, including 18 at Natick Public Schools. She began her Natick career at the high school and middle school levels, but has taught primarily elementary school children.

She said singling out a favorite memory during her time in Natick is not easy.

"I don't have a single favorite memory but I must say I get emotional when I see these little artists discover something new or when they produce something that makes them feel proud," she told Natick Patch. 

Furst has also been teaching at Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston for seven years. She is in her second year as a core faculty member for the masters in art teaching program.  

"I love the work and plan to continue with Tufts for as long as they will have me," she said.

Until her retirement date, Furst said she is focused on completing the Square One projects.

"I (had) planned to tell the children in January, but I wanted the Brown School Community to know now," she said in the statement. "I know that whomever (Principal Kirk) Downing hires to replace me will be fantastic."  

A request made to Superintendent Peter Sanchioni for comment was not returned.

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