In 42 years as a teacher in Aberdeen, Dr. William “Doc” Carter estimates he has taught in excess of 5,922 students, climbed more than 310,000 steps to his classrooms and received 504 paychecks.
In June, he is retiring from his position as an English teacher at Aberdeen High School. In that role he has taught speech, sophomore English, American literature and advanced placement English. Superintendent Tom Opstad made the announcement about Carter’s retirement at the Tuesday Aberdeen School Board meeting.
In his resignation letter, Carter noted he has taught 44 years in public education. The two years preceding Aberdeen were as a teacher in the Caribbean for the American Peace Corps. “The years in Aberdeen have passed rapidly, primarily because I have a deep respect for education and students,” he said in his letter.
His wife Diane retired last year from Grays Harbor College, where she was a pre-nursing instructor for 40 years, teaching Anatomy and Physiology and Introduction to Microbiology. Carter notes he is looking forward to spending more time with his wife, traveling and having adventures in addition to reading, writing, gardening and working on the perennial projects on his “to do” list.