People remember life of teacher who taught thousands

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CHARLESTON, Ill. (WCIA) — Teachers leave their mark on students every day and one Charleston High School teacher, who died nearly two weeks ago, gave her students and coworkers enough memories to last a lifetime.

Thousands of people walked through the doors of Charleston High School in the decades Nell Wiseman was here, and they say, she was more than a teacher.”

More than 8,000 students “and they all loved her” in 58 years of teaching English.

“She was about helping people.”

Those who had a chance to learn from some of her lessons celebrated her life. Tina Winings taught with Wiseman for nearly half of those 58 years.

“Her energy was just unbounded. She was always positive.”

She says she watched as Wiseman channeled that energy into her students, every day.

“She kind of had a way of seeing what you could do, and pushing you to that goal, and was very passionate about it.”

It wasn’t just making sure students succeeded in school.

“Those people saw her as a person who cared, not just in the classroom, but cared enough to see outside of the classroom.”

Nell and her husband, Bob, were known as the dynamic duo; supporting fundraisers, taking pictures, anything they could do to help.

“Really generous person, who loved her students and the faculty, really everybody in the community.”

The love she poured into many generations shows as people shared dozens of memories sparking laughter, and tears.

“She was always a good mentor and role model.” 

The mayor also recognized Wiseman with a proclamation.

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