Ken Miller signed off his final class with a specialist math problem he had solved many times before.
The Victory Christian College VCE math teacher is retired after a 46-year career that has seen him educate students at three Bendigo schools.
Beginning his career at Broadford, Mr Miller went on to La Trobe High School in West Heidelberg before moving to Bendigo with his wife.
"I was trained to teach years 11 and 12 math and had never done it in all my life because the schools I was at only went to year 10. It it rejuvenated me," he said. "When I was year 12 I loved math and did a degree in it," he said. "Very early on I was given a scholarship to become math teacher.
"After I started it was pretty hairy, I didn't know if I would last. My wife is from up here so we shifted up to teach at Flora Hill and it was a different clientele. I found my feet there and loved it."
Mr Miller planned to retire last year and travel with his wife before coronavirus hit and one student as him to reconsider.
"A student doing year 12 specialist asked me to stay," he said. We had planned to travel but couldn't with COVID so I said 'yeah okay' and stayed another year," he said. "I would love to stay and see more kids through but you've got to pull the pin somewhere."
Mr Miller said he had mixed emotions about his retirement.
"It's not something sudden but I am sad. I love teaching and kids but it is exciting to be buying a caravan next Tuesday. My wife and I are keen to do our travel plans."
Mr Miller said he loved the certainty of a math problem
"I love the fact you can do a problem and look up the answer and say 'yep, that's right'," he said.
"A student once asked me if I got tired of teaching the same thing over and over. It's true that the problems are done over and the math doesn't change too much.
"What does change is people like this student. Students are absolutely unique and special and thing for me is how do I impart math in a way they can understand."
With a grandson at VCC, Mr Miller hopes to be a regular visitor for his co-workers.
"The team I have worked with here are fabulous and the school is phenomenal," he said.
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