This story is one of a continuing series, highlighting the lives of Paoli High School graduates and their reflections on high school life.
Paoli High School English and Speech teacher Carol Fullington is a former PHS grad herself. From graduating back in 1989 and coming full circle to become a teacher here at her old high school, Fullington has had a very full life.
A big part of Fullington’s life is her three kids: Michael and Jessica, who are PHS grads themselves, and Fullington’s youngest son Brian who is still down at Throop.
“The high school performance and people that my two oldest kids have grown into are my biggest accomplishments and I can’t wait to see my youngest son follow in their footsteps,” said Fullington.
Looking back at her own high school career, Fullington would have changed some things. She is not one to regret things in her life, but does wish she would have added more variety to her dating life while in high school instead of chasing after one specific love interest during her time here at Paoli.
“I learned a lot while attending Paoli. Realizing that the whole community was a part of my family gave me a security that I never found anywhere else,” said Fullington.
While she did have a wonderful time in her high school career, Fullington never had a plan to come back and teach here, but everything just had a way of working out in the end.
“I am proud to represent the hundreds of success stories that have come out of PHS. I am eager to play a small role in the lives of the future success stories as well. I want the students to realize that they have so much potential,” said Fullington.
Her teaching here also gave her children a chance to have a similar small-town upbringing like she experienced and she had always wanted her kids to have that.
“Life is fleeting, you only go around once. Enjoy all the moments, not just the big ones,” said Fullington.
Story by Kennedy Embry