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Siyun Lee, a sixth grader at E.B. Aycock middle school in Greenville and winner of the 2012 Teacher Hero Essay Contest, surprises his teacher hero, Jim Colavito of South Greenville elementary school, during lunch at the school on Friday. (Rob Taylor/The Daily Reflector)
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Siyun Lee, a sixth grader at E.B. Aycock middle school in Greenville and winner of the 2012 Teacher Hero Essay Contest, surprises his teacher hero, Jim Colavito of South Greenville elementary school, during lunch at the school on Friday. (Rob Taylor/The Daily Reflector)

My Teacher, My Hero

By Kim Grizzard

The Daily Reflector

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When Jim Colavito was planning retirement after nearly 40 years in education, his older brother offered him a little instruction: “Find something you love to do, so you’re not just sitting home or playing golf.”

So instead of hitting the links, Colavito hit the books, going back to work as a classroom teacher. At age 60, having spent more than 25 years as an administrator, principal and assistant superintendent, Colavito took a job teaching elementary schoolers.


“Before I got my first retirement pay check, this job was offered to me,” said Colavito, 64, who teaches academically gifted students at South Greenville and Lakeforest Elementary schools. “I stopped the retirement process just in time.

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