By Joseph McCain The Winston County Journal
Each year teachers see dozens of students pass through their classrooms while trying to prepare them for the future. During their entire career, that number can reach thousands of lives touched especially when those teachers have 82 years of teaching under their belts.
Gloria Mason, Gail Massey and Charley Rushing all said goodbye to the Winston County Career and Technology Center recently after planning retirement from teaching.
“I have mixed feelings about it,” said Mason. “This (working at the career center) has been the most rewarding part of my career. We are like a family here.”
Mason is retiring after 28 years teaching with 9 of those at the Winston County Career and Technology Center. Massey also expressed the mixed emotions of excitement to be moving into other life challenges but leaving behind a role that has meant so much to her.
“It is so many mixed emotions,” said Massey.
Massey served 31 years in the teaching profession with 11 at the Winston County Career and Technology Center. Rushing who taught all 23 of his years in education at the technical center noted he would miss working with the students and fellow faculty but he was ready to take on something new in life.
The Winston County Career and Technology Center while experiencing several faculty changes will also see a change in several programs including the elimination and addition of some programs.
One such new program offered to all Winston County students is the Teacher Academy. This program will include classroom and hands-on experiences that will prepare students for employment or continuing education in various educational fields. Twice a week, students will job shadow local teachers and coaches employed in all school levels and also in day care facilities.
If students want to make a difference in the world, they should consider a career in education. The Teacher Academy program will help students develop the skills and knowledge to be a part of this rewarding field.
Registration is now open for students to enroll in Teacher Academy. Call 773-6152 for additional information or to register your child for this class.