CHICAGO (CBS) — Wednesday is the last day of work for more than 100 teachers, bus drivers, administrators, and others who are retiring from Illinois’ second largest school district, U-46 in Elgin.
Among those retiring is 60-year old Gordy Whiting, an economics and sociology teacher at Elgin High School. He said he’s wanted to teach at the school since he was a student there, and on his last day on Wendesday, he’s going to do something very memorable.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Spotty Showers Sunday Night, Monday
“I was a product of U-46 as well, so on my last day, I’ve made arrangements with my old elementary school (Garfield Elementary), and I’m going back, and I’m going to exit through the kindergarten door, because that’s the one I walked in back in September of 1961; so I will have made a 55-year round trip,” Whiting said.
Even Whiting’s 91-year-old mother will be with him.
One thing sprang right to mind when asked about the differences between the students of today and those 33 years ago, when he started teaching
“The attention span is way less than it was back in the day, as these kids say,” Whiting said.READ MORE: Phase 2 Opens Monday In Illinois Outside Chicago For Anyone 16 And Over To Get COVID-19 Vaccine, But Teens Under 18 Face Challenge
He blamed that on cell phones.