The Fan “retires”

By Denebola
Published: June 2010

George Abbott White announced his retirement from the Newton Public Schools as of 30 June 2010. White taught nearly 41 years, initially at Meadowbrook and Bigelow junior highs, at Newton South since 1981.

His classes included freshman, juniors and seniors, at all levels, with particular interest in American History & Literature and journalism.

White has advised Denebola since 1989 and has been co-director of the Prague Spring program since 1990. He also taught college and university, and is the author or editor of a dozen books and several hundred articles on literature, history, politics and photography.

He received a sabbatical, Horace Mann grant, and the Robert Barram Award.

“Working in Newton has been challenging and exhausting work, White said. “A good deal harder than making cars at Ford’s River Rouge plant, but easily a thousand times more rewarding.

White said other “deeply satisfying elements, outside the classroom, were “new and old friendships with colleagues, and “getting to know students, their parents and the extraordinary range, diversity and creativity of the Newton community.

He added that seeing students and learning what they had achieved years later was “one of the most fulfilling aspects of being a teacher.

White now hopes to conclude two long-term book projects, and will return to South in September, teaching a single class and continuing with Prague Spring and advising Denebola.

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