P.K. Yonge celebrates former teacher Toy Whitley
GAINESVILLE, Fla.-- In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, P.K. Yonge is honoring former teacher Toy Whitley. Whitley began teaching at the school in the 1950s when it was still at it's Norman Hall location. She worked there for nearly 30 years and retired in 1987. She passed away last year at the age of 95.
A chair surrounded by books was dedicated in memory of Whitley, with the books representing her deep love for reading.
"She inspired me to be excited about school, excited about books.. And she was a leader in literacy" said former student and teacher at P.K. Yonge Renee Andrews.
Another teacher and former student, Greg Cunningham, says her presence is irreplacable.
"That wonderful combination of caring and a academic push that is a really hard thing to find" said Cunningham.
The chair is located in the elementary school library at P.K. Yonge.
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