Forty-two years, plus zero sick days, equals one healthy career for this Hinkley High School retiree.
It’s official, math teacher Charlie Morrison is calling it quits---sort of. His last day of teaching math at Hinkley is in May, but he still plans to teach one or two classes at Hinkley in the International Baccalaureate program or math studies for seniors.
When a 21-year-old Morrison walked through the school doors 42 years ago, he never looked back. Morrison’s teaching career started in 1965 at East Junior High School and he’s taught every math class from algebra to advanced trigonometry.
“I’m sad,” said Morrison. “I really mean it, I'm not one to count down the days and I love the kids and my classes.”
That attitude will certainly be reflected in his last paycheck from the APS district. With a 42-year career and never a sick day, Morrison will get a pay bonus for his unused sick time.
Unlike most retirees who spend the extra money on a vacation home, a trip around the world or a nice boat they’ve had their eyes on, Morrison wants to use his extra money for something else.
The money will go back to the students he’s taught his whole career. “I want to set up a scholarship in the name of APS students,” said Morrison. “I don’t need the money, so I’d rather give it to the kids.”