Oneida teacher enjoys 50th summer break

10:08 AM, May 23, 2013   |    comments
Mary Ann Brewster has taught for the Oneida Special School District since 1963.
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Mary Ann Brewster has taught a lot of students since 1963.  She was hired by the Oneida Special School District that year as a first grade teacher.

"Then they put me in freshman English.  I taught that for a little bit.  Then they moved me up to junior English and senior English and I've been there ever since," Brewster told WBIR.

Fall 2013 will mark the teacher's 50th year instructing students in Oneida.  You don't have to ask her if she still enjoys her job.  You can tell she's happy by the smile on her face.

Ms. Brewster has taught three generations of students during her tenure.  One former student is currently her top administrator.

"Ms. Brewster has taught me, personally, about fortitude, consistency and staying the course.  She is here every day," OHS principal Kevin Byrd said.

The Oneida High teacher plans to spend quality time with her daughter and grandkids during summer break.

"A break for me to do a few things I want to do because I spend all my weekends basically grading essays and theme folders and that sort of thing," Brewster said.

The break may continue many summers in the future.

"People say all the time 'why don't you go ahead and retire'.  I say 'I know it, but my heart's not there yet'," she explained.  "...I'll know when the time comes."

Watch Mary Ann Brewster's interview with LiveAtFiveAtFour's Stoney Sharp by clicking on the video above.




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