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E. Texas teacher celebrates seven decades of teaching


Arlena Mahaffy doesn't believe in retirement. She is 94-years-old and still teaching.

Mahaffy was born in Indiana and raised in Chicago. It was in high school when she realized that she wanted to be a teacher.

Mahaffy's first job was at a farm school in Illinois.

"The school was one room. The pump was outside. We would pump a pale of water and bring it inside so drinks could be sad," Mahaffy said.

In 1945, Mahaffy and her husband moved to Eritrea, a small country in Africa where they worked as missionaries.

After her return, she continued teaching.  And after her daughter moved to East Texas, Mahaffy took a job teaching at Good Shepherd School.

19-year-old Kristin Sealey is a former student of Mahaffy's. She came to Good Shepherd School when she was in first grade. At the time, Sealey couldn't add or subtract.

But Mahaffy changed that. And Sealey went on to show off her math skills.

"I was able to compete in a math competition certified by the state," said Sealey.

Mahaffy told us that she has no plans to stop teaching anytime soon. She will be competing in the Good Shepherd Jog-a-thon on Friday.

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