On Religion, The Media and Life as a 20-something in Chicago

ELGIN — Betty Solyom of Elgin loves students. She’s never been happy without students, she said. And she’s never been far from them, either, in her 99 years. When Solyom wasn’t a student herself, putting herself through college teaching French, she was a teacher at Abbott, Ellis and Larsen middle schools in Elgin and Central High School in Burlington. She even tutored and audited courses at Elgin Community College through her 80s. Maybe that’s because “I always want to learn,” Solyom said. “I always want to know something. My brain requires information — not entertainment, but information,” she said. Solyom became a teacher, though, because it was one of only three careers available to women when she entered college. She was too squeamish to be a nurse, she said, and not patient enough to be a secretary. For the rest of the story, visit The Courier-News.

In Uncategorized on October 17, 2011 at 10:00 am

‘I always want to learn’ (Sun-Times Media)


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