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Miscoe Teacher Wayne Phipps Retiring after 44 Years

Retiring Miscoe Hill English Teacher, Wayne Phipps

Seventh Grade English teacher and Upton resident Wayne Phipps is retiring on January 21 after 44 years in the Mendon-Upton School District.

Phipps attended Worcester Junior College and then transferred to Worcester State College to earn his teaching degree. Although employed by the district for 44 years, he wasn't always a teacher. While attending college he worked as a school custodian for seven years.

Phipps academic career began in September of 1974, when he started teaching ninth and tenth grade English at Nipmuc Regional High School. During the next decades, he also taught eleventh and twelfth grade English at the high school.

Wanting a change, in 2002, Phipps took a Special Education Position at Nipmuc. After only a year and half he left that position noting it wasn't a great fit. Phipps then moved to Miscoe to teach seventh grade English and he's been there ever since.

Phipps said the move from Nipmuc to Miscoe required an adjustment in his teaching style. But once the adjustment was made, he enjoyed his years at Miscoe teaching the seventh graders.

Phipps explained his retirement is bittersweet and he will miss his students and his colleagues the most. He noted that the teachers all collaborate and work together in the middle school and he really enjoyed that aspect of his career. Phipps hopes in the future there will be money in the budget to purchase new textbooks and supplies and hopefully someday there will be funds to fix up Miscoe Hill as he noted that is the only school in the district that is not new and has not been updated for some time.

Phipps still lives in his childhood home in Upton. He is uncertain of what the future holds but hopes to spend more time with his grandchildren and become more active in his church. He may even get a part-time job to keep busy.

Phipps joked that he knew it was time to go when a student this year told him he had taught her grandmother. A long-term substitute will be taking his classes over when he retires.


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