After four decades of teaching in Aroostook and Washington counties, Nov. 22 was Atcheson’s final day instructing students at Caribou High School. The 60-year-old was diagnosed with colon cancer in June, and after learning that it spread to his liver, successfully underwent surgery on Nov. 24 to remove the cancerous part from his liver.
Atcheson graduated from UMPI in 1979, and began his career as an educator just a few months later in Lubec. For seven years, he taught social studies, mathematics, and acted as the National Honor Society and junior class adviser at the high school there.
“I greatly enjoyed it,” Atcheson said. “[Lubec] was a nice community and they were wonderful to me,” adding, however, that the town “had a lot of socio-economic problems, no question.”
Atcheson estimates that he has taught roughly 4,500 students throughout his career. Despite this, he still remembers many of their names and faces, and recalled his experience with Scott Bennett, a student in Lubec who left a particularly lasting impression. Click Here to read the full article by Christopher Bouchard for The County