Dr. Heaton flies into retirement

Haylen Jackson

After sixteen years of working as the biology teacher at RHS, Dr. Darren Heaton has announced his retirement. For Heaton, his most fond memories are of the students.

“[My favorite part of teaching is] just the kids. I’ve had a lot of fun with the kids here and with the great teachers too,” stated Heaton.

As a child, Heaton looked up to teachers and saw how much they love teaching which gave him the inspiration to start. 

“[I was inspired by] some of the teachers I had when I was in school. I saw how much they enjoyed their job, and it looked like a fun job to have,” said Heaton.  

Heaton’s love for science was also inspired by his own education.

“I really enjoy sciences. There’s more things to do in science, and it’s just interesting stuff,” said Heaton.

Heaton has advice to any RHS students who dream to be a teacher.

“Get your advanced degrees as quickly, as fast, as you can,” stated Heaton.

While Heaton is ready to leave he is going to miss some parts of teaching and is ready to forget other parts.

“I’m gonna miss the kids [but]…I hate the discipline,” said Heaton.

Despite being sad that he is leaving RHS, Heaton is excited for the new chapter of his life. 

“I’ve enjoyed my career. I’m sad that it’s over, but I’m looking forward to the next chapter of my life,” stated Heaton.

Heaton is ready to finally settle down and do the things he loves. He plans to enjoy the simple, everyday moment. 

“I’m going to play with my grandson and go fishing, hunting, canoeing and flying,” said Heaton.