Lily Kaufman has decided to call it quits at the age of 85. The preschool teacher nicknamed the Mighty Midget (she’s barely 5 feet tall) has retired from the Castro Valley, California preschool she has worked at for over 40 years.
Kaufman was a housewife and stay at home Mom. Then at the age of 49 she decided to go to college. She got her certification and was able to teach at a preschool.
She was considered an expert in handling problem kids. That may come from the fact that growing up she was an outsider. She lived in a German copmmunity but wasn’t accepted because she was half-German.
Kaufman says this about her talents, “Now I can relate to kids, and nurture them in a way they should be. They need to be loved, regardless of their background or ethnicity, or whether they are clean and well-dressed or kind of dirty”
Some think Kaufman’s key is she just loves kids.