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Teachers Are Awesome: America's Oldest Working Educator Turns 100

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New Jersey teacher “Granny” Zhelesnik celebrated her 100th birthday this month surrounded by her students. "I suppose it’s the children," Zhelesnik told NJ.Com when asked what keeps her going. "It’s a great life watching children grow up," she added. And, if you need more proof that it's never too late to follow your dreams, what's especially inspiring about Zhelesnik is that she didn't even start teaching until she was 81-years-old.

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