REAL PEOPLE: La Grande teacher ready to call it a career

By Josh Benham May 05, 2014 01:23 pm

Tom Kenny, currently the algebra teacher at the high school, is retiring this month after 29 years of guiding teenagers through numbers and equations. Kenny has also been an assistant wrestling coach since 1978. (Phil Bullock / The Observer)After a busy few decades of devoting his life to his extended family — the youth of La Grande — Tom Kenny is looking forward to spending time with his actual family.

Kenny, currently the algebra teacher at La Grande High School, is retiring this month after 29 years of guiding teenagers through numbers and equations.

First on the docket? Hanging out with his own supportive figure.

“My dad, who is 88 years old, recently moved here,” Kenny said. “So I will definitely be spending more time with him. And my brother is here now, so it will be nice to be around them more.”

In the coming months, Kenny, 64, an avid outdoorsman, will also reconnect with nature.

See more in Monday's edition of The Observer.