MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. (Sept. 9, 2011) --
“No more monkeys jumping on the bed,” can be heard from children’s voices in the hallways approaching Carolina Lauer’s classroom. Being only the third caregiver in 20 years to retire from the Marine Corps Community Services Child Development Center, Lauer knows the ins and outs of keeping children entertained. The children sit in a circle around her, trying their best to read along as she holds the massive multi-colored “No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” book facing it toward the children so they can see the pictures.
For the past 14 years these were typical sounds that would come from Lauer’s class and the hallways of the Child Development Center.
Lauer finished her last week at the Cherry Point CDC after 14 years of dedicated service. During her time she helped care for more than 1,000 children.
“I love working with the kids and watching them grow,” said Lauer, also fondly known as “yes ma’am” by her coworkers for her constant formality.
“Some of the kids I’ve watched are in high school now and I can’t help but feel pride. I am so thankful to be a part of their lives.
“Some day these kids are going to be Marines or doctors, and I am proud to know that they were one of mine.”
Lauer was described by her coworkers as someone who would heighten the morale of the center and host potlucks to bring the staff together.
She was someone who wasn’t afraid to get on the floor to play with the kids or get dressed up in crazy costumes to keep them entertained.
“She has always been a boost of morale and the children love her,” said Kelly Goin, director of one CDC facility building.
“She will be missed. We’ll miss her smile and enthusiasm. She has always been very dependable, picking up night shifts, and she always made the center a happier environment.”
At the center it wasn’t just the children that were learning.
“I feel that I’m a pro at this now, like I’m somebody,” said Lauer. “MCCS provided great training and I was happy growing through teaching.
“I am proud of the growth that both the children and I went through.”
Lauer explained that her plans for retirement included slowing down.
However, no matter if she applies for another center or takes time to relax, Lauer said she is pleased with her retirement
“I feel proud of myself,” Lauer said.