She’s not the retiring type, even after 50 years
Published: 2010-04-06

Joyce_Student_220
GREG DERR/The Patriot Ledger

 By Sue Scheible
The Patriot Ledger 
Posted Apr 06, 2010 @ 04:12 AM

QUINCY —
Joyce Young was scarcely out the door on her last day as a full-time teacher at the Ross School when several other teachers stopped her.

“We hope you can come back next year as a substitute,” they said.

Young hadn’t given that prospect much thought. She’d already taught for 45 years in Braintree, 43 of those at the Ross Elementary School. At age 73, that was a lot longer than many veterans.

But the following September, there she was again, “Miss Young,” a friendly, familiar face in the classrooms at the neighborhood school, which was built in 1951.

That was five years ago. Now 78, Young is a substitute teacher two or three days a week, filling in in grades 1 through 5. Some of her pupils are the children of students she taught 20 to 30 years ago.

“The fact that Joyce knows the students and the curriculum means they aren’t missing a lot when the regular teacher is out,” said Donna Bonarrigo, the school’s principal. “They can continue learning effectively. She’s wonderful – an expert teacher – and she understands children and how they learn.”

Young says simply, “I enjoy the children.”

It was mid-morning on a recent Thursday. She was in Mrs. Fletcher’s first-grade classroom, and as recess ended, she used her firm voice, straight posture and gentle taps on a few shoulders to set the mood for a test.

“I’m waiting for quiet, polite people,” she said.

In a conversation about her career, she soon mentions that a love of teaching was ingrained early. Her mother taught for many years in Kinnelon, N.J.

In fifth grade, Young recalled with a chuckle, “I would come home from school, stand in front of the fireplace and make believe the living room was full of students and practice teaching. I guess it’s all I ever wanted to do.”

Young attended a rural, three-room schoolhouse with three grades in a classroom. When she was in the fifth and sixth grades, the principal would ask her to fill in if he could not find a sub for the lower grades.

On the final day of school last year, a second-grader ran up to her and said, “Miss Young, promise me you’ll never retire from subbing.”

Dr. Peter Kurzberg, Braintree’s school superintendent, said the town has a number of retirees who come back to substitute. But Young’s age does make her unusual, and he said, “she does a wonderful job.”

She has no plans for her final retirement, but she does have other interests. A 1953 graduate of Eastern Nazarene College, she is director of the college’s Women’s Organization, and the group is busy year-round making craft items for three boutique sales. All of the profits are put toward student scholarships.

Reach Sue Scheible at sscheible@ledger.com, 617-786-7044, or The Patriot Ledger , P.O. Box 699159, Quincy 02269-9159. Read her Good Age blog  on the Patriot Ledger website.



Story via: The Patriot Ledger: A Good Age Blog

ENC News Center

More
A Cappella Choir travels to Cape Cod for annual retreatA Cappella Choir travels to local churches with newly formed Alumni ChoirCareer Week provides job and internship opportunities for studentsChamber Singers to perform seasonal Madrigals FeastChoral Union to perform Haydn’s “The Creation”Choral Union to present free performances of The Messiah by HandelCoach Stephen Hamilton receives NSCAA Premier DiplomaCollege Shutdown for ChristmasCommunity collaboration to mark production of SeussicalConvocation ceremony opens the school yearCriminal Justice students walk for changeDr. Karl Giberson speaks at Asbury Theological SeminaryDr. Linda Nease Scott named Associate Dean for Academic AffairsDr. Stephen Dillman Named Director of Church RelationsDr. William Driscoll Named Interim Director of Adult & Graduate StudiesEastern Nazarene College celebrates new financial aid strategyEastern Nazarene College graduates 240 in QuincyEastern Nazarene College holds winter commencement exercisesEastern Nazarene College implements cabinet reorganizationEastern Nazarene College receives NIH grantEastern Nazarene College’s Musica Eclectica concert series to present pianist Brady Millican Feb. 19ENC A Cappella Choir to perform at Carnegie HallENC Alum featured in Boston HeraldENC alumnus wins top award from SECENC Athletics Welcomes Sports Information Director and Women’s Softball CoachENC Basketball Alum head coach at Clemson UniversityENC Historians to Edit Journal on Faith and HistoryENC Lion seen at Prudential CenterENC names Dr. Scott Turcott Vice President for Institutional AdvancementENC Ranked in Top Tier for U.S. News' Best Regional Colleges of 2011ENC rolls out the Red Carpet for prospective studentsENC seeks community input as part of re-accreditation processENC Theater Department to present EleemosynaryENC to hold commencement May 15ENC to host PALCON 2010 - June 8-11ENC to launch Boston Semester programENC to launch new Center for Responsibility and JusticeENC to mark first anniversary of Haitian earthquake with chapel serviceENC to present free lecture by historian Larry FriedmanENC welcomes prospective freshmen for annual ‘Honors Weekend’ENC Welcomes VIP Students to CampusFree history lecture featuring Thomas S. KiddGermantown after-school kids visit the jungle with the Animal Caretakers TeamGiberson Hits Walk-Off Homerun For The WinHarvard University historian Jill Lepore to give free lectureHistorical Society blog wins international awardHistory Department to present free lecture by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon WoodJacqueline Dyer, Ph.D. joins ENC facultyKen Stanford elected New England D.S.President McGee honored with 2010 Maggie Sloan Crawford AwardProfessor Laurie Giles, JD, joins Psychology and Criminal Justice departmentProfessors and Students Featured Live on the RadioRenowned Photographer Art Wolfe to lead seminarSarah Good joins Eastern Nazarene CollegeShe’s not the retiring type, even after 50 yearsSpangenberg Parlor Grand OpeningStaff and Faculty Honored at Awards DinnerStrategic Management students rank in top 2% of collegesSymphonic Winds and 4 O'Clock Jazz Ensemble present holiday concertTop Ten Reptile ReactionsVisit ENC on a Red Carpet DayWATD to broadcast Messiah performance
Eastern Nazarene College
23 East Elm Ave.
Quincy, MA 02170
617-745-3000
© 2014 Eastern Nazarene College