100 Year Old Brooklyn Teacher Has No Plans To Retire

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Madeline Scotto is a dedicated elementary school math teacher, who, despite turning 100 this year, is still working at Saint Ephrem’s Elementary School in Dyker Heights Brooklyn, on her sixth decade, with no plans to retire. She recoiled at the mention of the subject, saying, “Some people like what they’re doing but I have a passion for what I’m doing and when you have a passion for something, you never give up,” Her tenacity applies to the students she tutors for the school’s math bee. She pushes her young pupils to always work hard. And Within her community, she is called a “miracle worker” for helping thousands of students navigate the “wilderness of mathematics”.

“I never think of a child as, ‘He was a winner, he was a loser,’” she said. “I’m happy with you if you’ve just done your best. I don’t baby anybody — I never babied my own — but I think they know I’m sincerely interested in them doing their best.”

Scotto has five children, who themselves are mostly retired, nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Despite her age, she “doesn’t consider myself a senior citizen.” She doesn’t belong to any senior clubs. “They’re like a different breed of people,” she said, that being in the school keeps her young.

Another activity keeping Mrs. Scotto grounded is staying in touch with current events. An avid Times reader, she remarked, “Obama has a job I do not relish,” and on the subject of the media, “I am not deliriously happy with television lately – too much advertisements,”

But her secrets to longevity are relatively simple ones: Eat well, stay active, be frugal, don’t worry too much.

“I work hard, I pray hard, and I’m happy,” she said. “All the people around me make me happy.”

Constance Lowe | News Cult