Some veteran teachers skip wave of pandemic-era retirements
November 8, 2020
FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — At age 86, agriculture teacher Gerald Bonds, of Farmington, New Mexico, has seen plenty of crises during his career. He sees no reason to call it quits over the coronavirus pandemic.
Bonds is in his 58th year of teaching at Farmington High School and, like most teachers in his state, has been instructing his students remotely — an arrangement he despises.
"I hate it. I want to see the students face to face and talk to them," Bonds said in a video interview.
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