NORTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. -- They say you're never too old to learn, but here at the Sundance grade school in North Plainfield, N.J., they're proving you're never too old to teach, either.
"See my two legs? They still move."
That's home economics teacher Agnes Zhelesnik, but the kids just call her "Granny." It's a nickname she comes by honestly, as the oldest living teacher in America. She turns 100 on Sunday.
Asked how old that is, one student says, "Very, very, very, very old."
another: "I know people can get very old like that, but I wouldn’t think
that Granny would do it -- even without a wheelchair."
"My husband didn’t approve of working -- he wanted me to watch the children," she says.
So she did, then she watched the grandchildren, then she played a lot of bridge. That got old, and she still felt young, so Agnes started working here at the age of 81. Today, she's so devoted to these kids, she hasn't even called in sick since she was 98.
just think she loves the children," one student says. "She puts the love into her cooking."
Can you taste the love?
"No, you cant taste love, but you can feel love," the student says.
all the children love her, because she's so nice, so compassionate," says
another. "She perseveres a lot."
"What else is there in life?" Agnes asks. "Children make the whole world."
at the very least, make your day.
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