Gym dedicated to retiring P.E. teacher

Judy Gustafson, a retiring physical education teacher at Wingate Elementary, had the school’s gym dedicated to her Tuesday morning.

Judy Gustafson received the “surprise of her life” in front of the entire student body at Wingate Elementary School Tuesday morning.

Gustafson, or Mrs. G, as students and staff call her, has been a physical education teacher at the school for the past 28 years. She’s been there so long, she teaches some of the children of her former students.

Summer Kennedy, co-president of the school’s Parent-Teacher Organization, said Mrs. G was her teacher as a little girl and now teaches her children as well. She was always one of Kennedy’s favorite teachers.

Kennedy presented the dedication plaque to a teary-eyed Gustafson.

The plaque will hang forever above the door to the school’s gym to remind all the students what a great teacher Mrs. G was, Kennedy explained.

“This is the biggest honor of my life,” Gustafson told the student body, adding that she found her retirement bittersweet.

Gustafson has been a teacher for School District 51 for the past 30 years. In that time, she held an annual “Jump Rope for Heart” fundraiser which raised over $185,000 for the American Heart Association.

“I’m very touched and excited for the next chapter,” she said.

Gustafson and her husband plan to spend their retirement traveling the country on their Harley Davidson motorcycles.


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