Wake Up Princeton Speaks With Longtime Princeton Teacher and Coach

Retired Princeton High School teacher, coach and bus driver John Smith spoke with Wake Up Princeton host Paul Bomleny recently. The PHS and Northern Illinois University graduate spent the first four years of his career teaching at Mendota before returning to Princeton where he taught math for 29 years. He’s coached everything from football to basketball and golf. John says he’s proud of all the student athletes he’s coached, especially his freshman football teams and his girls basketball squads that won regional championships in four of his first six years at the helm. He retired in 1994 but stayed on as a substitue teacher and bus driver. Saying “it takes a special breed of cat to be a teacher”, he calls his 33 year career a “blessing”. John and his wife Linda have three grown children and will be celebrating their 54th anniversary in June.

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