Zian Mahfuz – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- LRHS is saying goodbye to long time substitute teacher, Jack Herbert, who retires on Friday, Nov. 20.

Long-time LRHS substitute Jack Herbert (l) helps students

LRHS welcomed Herbert in 1998 when the school first opened and he has been working here ever since.

Herbert got his bachelor degree at the University of Maryland and got his master’s degree at George Washington University.

From 1998-1999, Herbert started as a part-time substitute teacher. During this time, he travelled from Baltimore to Florida, before he started working as a full-time substitute in 2000.

In 2003, LRHS’ student population increased, leading to Herbert being hired as a full-time math teacher. He had this position only a year, then went back to substituting.

Herbert is currently 77 years old and felt that now was the right time to retire. He frequently told students, “I’ve been teacher longer than you’ve been alive!”

Most of all, Herbert said he’ll miss, “working with the students and all the personal dealings with them. I truly love the students and will dearly miss seeing them. I will not miss arising at 6 a.m.” He also said that the students are teachers are the most memorable part of LRHS for him.

Before coming to LRHS, Herbert taught in Baltimore for 20 years, making a career of almost 40 years of teaching.

Herbert lives with his wife Barbara. He now uses his time to read newspapers, do puzzles, chores, and any fun things he has planned for the day.

Herbert also loves going to Siesta Key and Saint Augustine in his free time, and hopes that now can spend most of his time there. He hopes to spend more time with his grandchildren.

Many Mustangs are sad to hear of Herbert’s retirement, and will miss him dearly.

“Herbert was something to look forward to. He was a sweet man,” said sophomore Ally Ellis.

“I’m going to miss Herbert because he was fun to talk to and added in a lot of humor to his teaching,” added senior Sam Harris.

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