While Weaver believes Carroll County tries to stay on "the cutting edge of what is happening," he worries that it is going to be hard the next few years to keep good teachers from leaving the county.

"We train them and they go to another county," Weaver said. "It is a big issue to deal with....retaining good, quality young teachers."

Weaver's plans for retirement are still being thought out, he said, though he is considering a career in politics. .

"I'm debating it right now, thinking it through," he said. "I'm not going to sit down and buy a rocking chair just yet."

40 Years at Francis Scott Key High

During his 40 years at Francis Scott Key High School, Michael Coons has taught social studies and history to parents and grandparents — the whole multi-generational thing.

"I see them everywhere, generations," laughed Coons, of his contact with former and current students.

During his time at Key, Coons has seen the school building change two times.

"It is a totally different building than when I was here," said Coons, a graduate of Key himself.

The biggest change for Coons, however, was the conversion of a school day from seven to four "mods" (class sessions).

"It took two years of in-service training with us to get ready," Coons said. "It took some adjustment."

He enjoyed coaching football, track and weightlifting at Key.

"A big part of it is seeing kids outside of the classroom," Coons said. "You get a little better look at them."

In both the classroom and athletics, the use of computers has enhanced progress, providing information faster and more easily.

"PowerPoints, photo stories, it gives them (students) more ways to demonstrate what they learn," Koons said.

His happiest memories are of seeing student succeed in the classroom or as an athlete.

"When you see a kid who thought they couldn't do something, and they do ... that happens a lot," Koons said.

With final exams coming up, Koons doesn't have time to think about what he'll do once the final bell rings.

"It will hit me more in the fall," Koons said. "I'll miss my co-workers. It will be odd knowing they're in there doing what they're doing and I'm not."