Monique Lefebre, who has taught at Gulf Junior High and Gulf High for many years, has retired. She was honored at a faculty meeting at Gulf High on May 28, 2002.

Ms. Lefebvre joined the faculty of Gulf Junior High in October 1970 and transferred to Gulf High around 1976. She taught mostly social studies courses – Geography, U. S. History, World History, and Civics. She said she liked World History the most.

Ms. Lefebvre was selected Teacher of the Year at Gulf High School during the 1998-99 school year. She is also listed in Who’s Who Among American Teachers.

She said she has enjoyed her teaching career and has “no regrets.” She plans to continue to live in Port Richey. She expects to “take one day at a time” and plans some traveling.

Ms. Lefebre was born in Montreal. She spoke French until she moved to Michigan in 1947 and learned to speak English. She graduated from Redford Union High School in Redford Township, Michigan, and she earned a B. A. degree in Missions from Fort Wayne Bible College and a B. A. in Secondary Education from Central Michigan University. She taught French and language arts to seventh- and eighth-graders at Fellrath Junior High School in Inkster, Michigan.

She calculated that she has spent 35 years and 10 months in teaching.

At the faculty meeting at which she was honored at Gulf, Assistant Principal Mrs. Haynes estimated that Ms. Lefebvre had missed only about two days at Gulf and said “as far as I’m concerned, that’s perfect attendance.”

Ms. Lefebvre wouldn’t confirm to her students that she was retiring until about two minutes before the end of sixth period on the last day of school, May 24.