Retired Glendale elementary school teacher Pat Ganje said she knew she wanted to be a teacher the day she began kindergarten, and her passion only grew. After working her dream job teaching in Glendale and Europe for more than 40 years, Ganje received numerous outstanding teacher awards before retiring in 1992.
Her peers at the California Retired Teachers Assn. took notice of her efforts and recognized Ganje's dedication to young students earlier this month when the retired teachers of the Glendale-Foothill Division 11 selected Ganje as one of two honorees to be spotlighted for her extensive work in the association and local communities.
"I was excited when I heard the news," Ganje said. "I thought it was wonderful."
The Glendale City Council gave Ganje a proclamation of appreciation for her nearly lifelong work teaching young students and leading them in volunteer programs. Bea Wojtyla, the retired teacher who nominated Ganje to receive the honor, said she has known her fellow retiree for more than 20 years, and Ganje has always shown a special affection for teaching elementary school students.