Irene Hamerick, 82, center, received a lifetime achievement award from Barbara Saunders, left, and a teary Sabra Cecil, right, and the Southwest Florida Early Learning Coalition Wednesday. Hamerick opened the first pre-kindergarten school in Bonita Springs and has been teaching for 53 years.

Photo by MICHEL FORTIER, Daily News

Irene Hamerick, 82, center, received a lifetime achievement award from Barbara Saunders, left, and a teary Sabra Cecil, right, and the Southwest Florida Early Learning Coalition Wednesday. Hamerick opened the first pre-kindergarten school in Bonita Springs and has been teaching for 53 years.

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