QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- A Quincy teacher who has spent more than three decades inspiring his students and his colleagues is a 2013 Golden Apple Award.
Henry Bocke says he was completely shocked when we surprised him with a Golden Apple in his classroom at Quincy Junior High. And his family and friends were also in on it.
"I looked out in the hallway and I thought what in the world is going on!"
Mr. Bocke has been a special education teacher for 33 years. He's spent 26 years at Quincy Junior High. And even on challenging days in the classroom, it's his love of education and his students that keep him going.
"Sometimes you come in and you're kind of in a bad mood as these kids see every once in awhile and these kids can take me from a bad mood to a good mood."
After dedicating much of his life to teaching, Mr. Bocke is retiring this year. He says it's the kids he'll miss the most and it will mean a big adjustment to his daily routine.
"When the alarm clock goes off in the morning, I'm not going to say I'll miss that but it's going to seem different."
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