56 years later, 3rd grade classmates reunite with beloved teacher

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It didn't matter that she had long been retired and her former students were now in their 60s — when Francinelee Hand reunited with her long ago third-graders last weekend, she went right back into teacher mode.

Hand taught at Sabal Palm Elementary School in north Miami, and her 1961-62 class adored her, with the now-adults remembering her art and music lessons and how she drove a convertible Corvette to school. She was 24 at the time, and not long after those students went on to the fourth grade, Hand moved to New York City, where she married and taught music and dance. Over the years, at high school reunions and later on Facebook, Hand's students would reminisce about their beloved teacher, always wondering, whatever happened to her?

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