Newton High School teacher to retire after 50 years of teaching

NEWTON, Kan. (KWCH) Bright tabs mark the spots in a pile of Newton High yearbooks where you'll find pictures of one man, Charlie Triggs. He started teaching Government and Sociology 50 years ago.

"And I'm still doing government and sociology,” says Triggs.

The 72-year-old has his own yearbook section in his classroom. Students and articles from his years of teaching fill the corner wall.

"I had most of your family,” he continues.

My mom, dad, me...and most of my sisters. That's the case for a lot of people in Newton. Even teachers at Newton High once sat as students in Triggs' class, or sat behind the wheel in his driver's ed session.

"The first time I ever had Mr. Triggs as my teacher would've been my freshman year,” teacher Grant Scott says.

Whatever the decade, students remember Triggs.

"He used to wear cowboy boots. So, some students who had a bad habit of laying their head on the desk too often, they might get the bottom of the desk rattled a bit by Mr. Triggs' cowboy boots,” says Scott.

"I think I was fair. If you did the work, we got along,” Triggs remembers.

Triggs will still teach driver's ed this summer, then he'll leave Newton High behind. But before he goes, he has this parting advice to all of his students.

"Enjoy life. It's short,” Triggs says.

After he finishes driver's ed this summer, Triggs says he has no immediate plans. Just to do whatever his wife tells him to do.