by Bridget Hyland & Emily Finn
You just can’t make this stuff up. After teaching for 26 years, WHS Social Studies Teacher Mr. Jason Grant has decided that it is time for him and his memorable one-liners to retire. Grant has done it all—he’s been a musician, worked on Wall Street, and is now finishing his professional career as a teacher.
After his draft number was bypassed during the Vietnam War, Grant dropped out of college to become a professional musician, and belonged to a band that opened up for well-known groups, including The Jackson 5.
Once his band broke up, Grant worked on Wall Street for eight years. He soon realized it was time for him to change his career path. Grant credits his decision to become an educator to his close friend. “He told me I needed to do this; we talked seriously and I got to see the light,” he said.
Grant’s varied background has been a great benefit to him as teacher. His previous careers have given him a new perspective on issues he covers in class.
Junior Jack Dobosiewicz agreed, saying, “Mr. Grant has helped me to gain a new perspective on the world.”
After Grant retires, he will miss his students the most—the ones who are finally getting the keys to the truck. “Kids keep you young and are what drives anyone in this profession,” he said.
Grant hopes that his students will always look at the bigger picture, and talk about things intelligently. “Most importantly,” he said, “I want them to remember to stick to the facts.”
Dobosiewicz vows to do just this. “I’m ready to get the ‘keys to the truck,’” he said.
The WHS community will miss Grant and all he has offered to the school.