Vera recently celebrated her 80th birthday with her husband, Dale, five children and several of her grandchildren during lunch at the Inman Elementary School Cafeteria.
She wanted to eat with the kids. She even said she would rather eat with them and her family there in the cafeteria than in the biggest, fanciest restaurant.
Vera enjoys every minute she spends at Inman Elementary.
Did I mention at 80 years old she is employed there as a full time para? She knows it's rare that she is still in the classroom but after trying retirement in 1992 she found that volunteering wasn't for her. She wanted more time with kids.
Vera attended Hesston College and graduated with a teaching degree from Goshen College and taught Home Economics at Windom High School to begin her education career. That is where Vera met her husband Dale. Even beyond her teaching years she has put in 30 plus years as either an aide or para.
Computers may be the biggest thing that has changed in the classroom over the years but Vera says all the kids really need is encouragement, affirmation and love.
She said that she is most satisfied in her job while being with the kids and teachers. She doesn't like to sit around with old people.
A great student advocate, a great Kansas educator, Vera says she will be back next year if she still feels this good.
Maybe we can all learn about the excitement of learning from Vera, maybe we should jump on board, after all who wants to sit around with old people?