At 100 Angelina College tutor still inspiring students

At 100 Angelina College tutor still inspiring students
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Two days a week, you can find John Woodside inside the Adult Learning Center at Angelina College helping others get their GED.

Woodside has been tutoring at the college for the past 15 years. At the age of 100, Woodside is still giving his time and helping others reach their goal.

"I like to teach math so people can get their GED," Woodside said. "They need their GED to advance their life and for self esteem," Woodside said.

Woodside started tutoring at the college after a friend of his asked if he would like to be a tutor at the school to help others. Woodside said besides tutoring, he also plays bridge, fishes and helps out at First United Methodist Church.

The people that Woodside helps and works with find it hard to believe that Woodside has been alive for a century.

"I did not believe it Martin Solis said. "To be 100 and still teaching?"

Math teacher Randy Roberts works alongside Woodside in the center. Roberts acknowledges that Woodside is one of a kind.

"I wish I am half that sharp when I am 50," Woodside said.

Three years ago, KTRE first spoke with Woodside. Woodside still remembers the interview and is just as sharp today as he was when he was 97 years-old. Woodside said he never thought about how much longer he would be at the school.

"I didn't look that far ahead," Woodside said. "I just get up every morning. I will as long as I am physically able and mentally able. There will come a time and my body will fail me. I know that. When that happens I will do something that I am able to do."

Woodside is able to do the program through the help of the Pinecrest Retirement Community. Woodside works in the center on Mondays and Tuesdays. The Center and the college do not want to loose Mr. Woodside anytime soon.

"I would love to have as many as they can make [of Woodside]," Roberts said. "When they see Mr. Woodside come in two days a week, still working, still helping, I think it really inspires them."

The only thing that appears to be able to stop Woodside will be a loss in brain memory and that does not appear to be happening anytime soon. The joy of teaching seems to be keeping the mind fresh of the retired chemist.

"I enjoy seeing people learn, and when their face brightens up when they understand the problem, that's joy," Woodside said.

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