96-year-old retired teacher heads back to school for the day

Retired from Sierra Vista Elementary in 1984

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Glenwood Gardens senior citizen Phyllis L. Hughes has a passion for teaching.


"It's just a part of me," she said.


Although she's 96 years old now, her age won't stop her from doing what she loves. She read the book 'Gregory the Terrible Eater' to students at Almondale Elementary to teach kids about healthy eating habits.


"She was extremely motivated and very cognizant and very engaging with the students, and I thought she did a great job," Teresa Echeverria, a staff member at Almondale Elementary said.


She even surprised them with stickers after the story.


"I loved every look on their faces and it was something i'll never forget," Hughes said.


Hughes taught in Arvin at Sierra Vista Elementary for twenty years before retiring in 1984. She always thought very highly of her students.


"I usually just pretend all my third graders were geniuses and they could do it," she said.


She moved to Bakersfield when she was seven and now have five children with her husband.

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