The Famous Mr. Ekus

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The Famous Mr. Ekus

Madeline DiPalmer, Entertainment

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We all know and love Mr Ekus. If you don’t know Mr. Ekus, he’s one of the best substitute teachers the school has to offer. You know you have Mr. Ekus if you walk into class and see “hello” written in multiple languages on the board. He has been a favorite substitute teacher in WVHS for years. He recently turned ninety years old, which is crazy. Could you imagine still working in a school environment at 90 years old? The Survey staff took it straight to Mr. Ekus to ask some exclusive questions about his age and about why he loves subbing.

Did you ever think that you’d still be subbing at ninety years old?
“No I never would have thought I would be subbing at this age, but I really do love it.”

What do you think has changed in the student populus?
“I have watched students get changed by technology over the years. There devices have affected the way they study. Students don’t read for fun anymore and I believe that is harmful to them in the long run because reading will help you in the long run. There is a difference between reading from a real book opposed to an ebook or kindle. So that is a real difference I have noticed with students, they depend on technology. As for behavior, it’ll always be the same.”

Did you go to school to become a teacher? What do you love most about your job?
“No, when I was in school at the time it was World War II and at the time I didn’t know what I wanted to do, so I actually ended up in the army and after that I took a business course and became an accountant. After that, I became an accounting teacher and when I retired I moved to Arizona, I got bored just hanging around so I started subbing. I think I’ll be subbing till I can’t walk anymore” he laughs and adds on “Unless they allow wheelchairs for teachers.”

What motivates you to come in everyday and do what you do?
“If I wasn’t subbing I’d probably be sitting at home doing nothing and, at my age, that’s not good, and that’s for sure. I’m better off actually doing something.”

Does your age affect your willingness to work everyday?
“Yes, in a sense I don’t work everyday anymore. I only work three days a week, the other three days I do swimming exercises to stay healthy, it’s better than using gym equiptment.”

What is a significant memory to you about WVHS that you’ll never forget?
“I don’t have anything really. The students are all the same since I started in 2003. I don’t think there’s much of a difference really with the students. As a sub you don’t really get as involved with the school as much. But I do enjoy subbing very much and I don’t think that’ll ever change.”

The legendary sub, Mr. Ekus is one of the most favored substitute teachers  and when students were asked about him they immediately had kind words to say. “He is my favorite substitute and always knows how to make everyone smile. I love his tie”, stated Zanny Palmeri, junior. Isabella Zayas, a sophomore stated, “Thanks to him I can finally go into a foreign country and say hello to people. His tie inspired me to make a scrapbook of my family. Mr. Ekus always made the classroom a better environment, making everyone laugh.” Zion Hamm, a sophomore, commented, “I love Mr. Ekus he’s a very great guy and I hope I’m as high energy as him when I’m ninety.” Bella Jardine, junior, stated, “When I think of Mr. Ekus I think of his jokes, whistle, tie and his foreign language hellos. I think everyone can I agree with me on that”. “Ya’at’eeh” stated Alexis Andujar, sophomore. Cate Bowman (junior) had the last word about Mr.Ekus, “He’s a great guy with great jokes.” As you can tell Mr. Ekus is very loved substitute. WVHS students will remember him when they grow old, and look back on high school, and, perhaps, become inspired to work until they are ninety.

 

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