LA-based AP education reporter Christina Hoag has an A+ human-interest story making the rounds today. The piece is all about Rose Gilbert, a westside LAUSD teacher who retired February 22 just shy of her 95th birthday.
From Hoag’s item:
It’s unclear if Gilbert is the oldest full-time classroom teacher among the nation’s teaching corps of more than three million, but she certainly ranks among the most senior. She started teaching in the 1940s, took a break and then returned to the classroom in 1956.
In 1961, she joined the staff at the brand new high school opening in the well-heeled Pacific Palisades section of Los Angeles and remained there until Februar 22, passing along her passion for poetry and literature to generations of students. Some of her former students are now teachers at Palisades Charter High School, who say she’ll be sorely missed.
Someone may want to consider making a post-retirement documentary or feature film about Gilbert, who in recent years has been no stranger to media coverage. Among the stories she told to Hoag is a Vietnam War-era one that involved a walkout of all male pupils in protest of being ordered to cut their hair short. Read the full article here.
[Photo courtesy palihigh.org]
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