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Custodian earns teaching degree after decade of schooling

June 15, 2009
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KLAMATH FALLS, OR — After nearly a decade of attending night classes after work, a Conger Elementary School custodian has received his teaching degree, according to The Daily News.
Ken Hendrick, who decided to go back to school after the birth of his daughter in 1999, recently received his Bachelor''s degree in elementary education from a Concordia University program offered through Klamath Community College, the story stated.
Hendrick will take a leave of absence from his custodial position in September and begin student teaching until December, at which time he will reassume his previous position — until he finds a full-time teaching gig, the story noted.
Hendrick said: "I talked with my wife and said I really enjoy kids and working with kids and said I''d like to be a teacher. She said to go for it. My wife has to tell me, ''Do your homework.''"
Hendrick received much praise from Conger Elementary School Principal Barbara Headden who said that kids gravitate toward him, the story added.
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