Ken Nielsen is ready for some down time.
The long-time teacher is calling it quits after 37 years of teaching, 35 of those spent at Gibbons School.
Nielsen spent this past school year teaching Grade 8 and 9 math, science and phys ed. When asked about what he would miss most about teaching, Nielsen had a quick response.
"Definitely the good kids. The kids who come to school, work hard and are enthusiastic."
Things have changed drastically since he started in Gibbons.
"My first year here we had 850 kids in this building before Landing Trail was opened."
Now, the population is considerably less.
As for why he chose to retire, he said his patience just wasn't quite there anymore.
Nielsen already has a few trips planned, and will be keeping busy with golfing this summer and working a couple of days a week next winter at the Gibbons Hockey Academy.