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Silver Ridge will be quiet without Mr. Flatness

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It’s not difficult to spot Peter Flatness at Silver Ridge Elementary School. He’s the one in the Hawaiian print button-up shirt — when he’s not wearing a tutu. OK, he really only wore a tutu once and it was for Halloween, but it’s because he would willingly wear one that his fellow teachers will miss him when he retires this year.

Flatness has been teaching the fifth- and sixth-grade for the last 33 years. He spent 18 years at Seabeck Elementary School and the last 15 years at Silver Ridge Elementary. As of last Thursday, it hadn’t yet set in that he was going to retire, he said.

“I don’t think it’s hit me yet,” Flatness said. “I still have a lot left to do.” The biggest items on his agenda before he leaves the building for the last time is to get his personal decorations down from his classroom walls, which include fishing nets and various beach items.

As for plans after retirement, they are on hold until he convinces his wife, Sandy Flatness, who teaches at Seabeck Elementary, to retire with him. For now, he will chip away at his honey-do list which has been festering since he and his wife bought a house 28 years ago.

“I’ve run out of excuses,” he said.

The couple plans on spending time with their two adult sons

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