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´╗┐AHS dance teacher Lee Ulrey takes a final bow

She's that teacher the boy who just got dumped by his ladylove goes to for comfort and counsel, the confidante who wipes the tears from the face of a girl whose pregnancy test strip just turned pink, the morale booster during a crisis of confidence onstage.

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Sadly for her students, Ulrey directed her last on stage performance in April and will retire at the end of the school year to begin new adventures. Ronald Trammel, a passionate dancer who graduated in 2012 but returns frequently after his graveyard shift job to help Ulrey in her classroom, already feels the loss.

though she'll no longer be on campus as "Mama Ulrey."

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Teaching wasn't on her radar growing up, but dance was. She choreographed her first routine at age 3 on the back of a hide a bed, to Harry Belafonte's classic "Jamaica Farewell," one of her dad's favorite LPs at the time.

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"Lee has been an absolutely essential part of the Asheville High School Adidas Climachill Sonic Boost Amazon community for decades; her dance program helped set a high bar for future expansions of the AHS arts department, and her love for the students is evident in everything she does," Comer said.

After a year at UNC Chapel Hill, Ulrey returned to Medellin at her host family's invitation, then transferred to Warren Wilson College, drawn by its large international student population. From there she graduated with a double major in economics and cross cultural studies, with a teaching certificate in social studies and economics.

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Roots in movement

Not in Lee Ulrey's classroom.

"Most of the kids are sad what are they going to do? That's how I feel, too what am I going to do when she leaves? Where am I going to go?" Trammel said. "Ms. Ulrey is kind of like my mother she takes you in, like she cares for all her students, and if you need anything, you can talk to her about anything."

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Assistant principal Fletcher Comer said Ulrey's legacy will continue through the strong dance program she founded and nurtured for three decades, Adidas Climacool Boat Lace Shoes Uk

"My father always told the story of how for over a year he jumped every time someone yelled 'Hey!' at him when they were saying hello," Ulrey recalled with a smile. "I think my interest in cross cultural studies began with growing up with non southern parents living in the South."

to share news of a scholarship, a big sports win, a longed for invitation to the prom.

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Lee Ulrey has taught for 34 years at Asheville High and will retire at the end of this school year.

hired as a social studies teacher at Asheville High in 1980 after graduating from there a few years earlier she faced a wildly divergent roster of courses to teach. And when she arrived, the teachers jokingly refused to let her use the faculty restrooms because she still looked like a student.

As a student at Asheville High, Ulrey then Lee Williams was head cheerleader, a member of the state champion square dance team and involved in student government and after school clubs and took lessons at Fletcher School of Dance. She lived for a semester in Medellin, Colombia, as a foreign exchange student, reinforcing her love for travel and cross cultural understanding.

Her appreciation for diversity took hold early, beginning with her family's move from up north to Asheville in the 1960s with her dad, David Williams, a resort manager, and mom Marion, later a guidance counselor at Enka and Erwin high schools, "seeking warmer weather and sun."

"If Asheville High School was a living, breathing person," he said, "Lee Ulrey would be its heart."

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