June 23, 2024

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Longtime special education teacher ready to embrace retirement

Retiring Monroe High School special education teacher Tim Toth sits beside just a few of the many wooden canes that were made for him by his students over the nearly 37 years he's taught in the district. Toth's official retirement date is Wednesday.
Retiring Monroe High School special education teacher Tim Toth sits in the broadcast booth at a Trojans football game, as Monroe News Sports Editor Niles Kruger sits beside him. Toth has been the announcer for Trojan football since the early 2000s, and he intends to return to the position in the fall after taking last year off due to the coronavirus pandemic.

For 51 of the 60 years he’s drawn breath, Tim Toth has been a Monroe Trojan.

A 1979 Monroe High School graduate, Toth returned to Monroe Public Schools just a few months after graduating from Michigan State University in 1983 to accept a position as a substitute special education teacher.

Short-term subbing quickly turned into long-term subbing, which turned into a full-time position that Toth accepted in the fall of 1984 and will relinquish nearly 37 years later when he officially retires on Wednesday.

“It’s going to be quite an adjustment,” Toth said. “I walked through the door of Riverside Elementary school at age 5. For 51 of my 60 years I’ve been part of Monroe Public Schools, either as a student or as a staff member of some kind… I’m very thankful that I had the opportunity to work for Monroe Schools.”