After 42 years of teaching, local Kalamazoo teacher goes out in style at Do-Dah Parade
KALAMAZOO, Mich. —
At the Do-Dah Parade in Kalamazoo Saturday, many had a chance to bid farewell to a beloved Kalamazoo preschool teacher after Liza Wolfe wrapped up her 42nd year of teaching Friday.
Wolfe, known as Mrs. Wolfe to so many, is used to being the center of attention in the classroom. Saturday morning, she took a different stage, atop a vintage fire truck.
Her Do-Dah Parade appearance was a grand farewell for the beloved teacher of more than four decades.
"She is remarkable. She's high energy, amazing. She's like a local celebrity,” said Kelly Yeung, who had two sons graduate from Mrs. Wolfe's preschool. "She's just inspired a lot of people and raised so many of our children. I don't know what we would do without her."
Over the years, in her tiny basement preschool in the Westnedge Hill Neighborhood, Mrs. Wolfe has taught dozens of sets of siblings and even a second generation of students.
She says after her last ride she plans to relax, travel and write.
"Time to do whatever I want. To do what I want. I want to write some books,” Wolfe said.
And though she says she will miss being at the head of the class, she plans to never be too far from what she loves.
"I do this because I love to do it. It's a natural thing. I wake up and I want to do it. So that's the hard part. But I will always have children in my life,” Wolfe said.
As she rode off, surrounded by former students and family, Mrs. Wolfe had one final word of advice for all those whose she's had the honor of teaching: "Use what you've learned and make it better."