RANDOLPH, NJ- Retired Shongum School teacher Ethel Lerner recently returned to visit the school where she taught for 15 years to celebrate her 100th birthday.
The former fourth grade teacher visited a class taught by fourth grade teacher Mrs Christine Giousios. Principal Cliff Burns, Mrs. Giousios and students welcomed Mrs. Lerner to the school and celebrated her visit with a party. The students gave her birthday cards they made and asked her what it was like to teach at Shongum back in 1976 when she retired. One student even gave her a cupcake.
"I have had the most wonderful time," she told everyone at the end of her party. "I did not anticipate what a wonderful time I would have. Keep doing what you are doing!"
Mrs. Lerner told students that she first taught school at Ironia before moving to Center Grove and finally to Shongum where she taught the fourth grade, which she loved. "I loved going to the fourth grade because you are grown up-you are not babies anymore," she told the students.
Mrs. Lerner told students that she was very strict and never sent anyone to the principal.