After hanging up his cleats, whistle and clipboard, Jack Morrell is now giving up his keys as the driver education teacher at Iola Middle School come August. Morrell taught driver education in Iola for the past 38 years, with 40 years of teaching overall. He coached, umpired and refereed for just as long.
“After 40 years in education, I have no desire to teach or coach or umpire,” Morrell said. “I’m going to find something else to do.”
Morrell, 62, started his teaching career at Wabaunsee High School in Alma during the summer of 1974, fresh from graduating Kansas State University. There weren’t a lot of teaching jobs, so his friend recommended that he get his driver education certificate.