WWII Veteran Receives High School Diploma 71 Years After Dropping Out to Enlist

Eighty-eight-year-old Russell Whittaker received his high school diploma on Monday – 71 years after he left high school to serve in World War II.

In 1944, then-17-year-old Whittaker received written permission from his father to leave Mound High School in Minnesota to enlist in the U.S. Navy, according to a post by the School Board of Westonka on Facebook.

Olivia Wilde Surprises Students in Inspirational April Fools' Day 'Prank'

Please welcome Professor Olivia Wilde to the class.

The actress treated students in a Made in NY production-assistants training program to what might be the best April Fools’ Day “prank” ever.

Illinois Freshman Records Teacher Bullying Him

Stephen Davis has always been an easy target for schoolyard bullies.

The 15-year-old freshman at Streamwood High School in Elgin, Illinois, has been the brunt of cruel jokes and pranks since he was in first grade. At 330 lbs., he’s often ridiculed for his size.

“I’m big,” Davis told CBS Chicago. “I get bullied a lot during the school day. I shake it off. Basically, it’s background noise to me.”

Bob Dylan: 'If I Had To Do It Over Again, I'd Be a Schoolteacher'

Just call him Professor Dylan.

If legendary rocker Bob Dylan hadn’t become a musician, he’d have chosen a very different career.

“If I had to do it all over again, I’d be a schoolteacher,” he told AARP The Magazine.

And what would he have taught? “Probably Roman History or theology.”

Utah 'Teacher with Benefits' Faces More Charges After Student Says They Had Sex After Her Arrest

A Utah teacher is facing more felony charges after one of her students revealed the two had sex – after her arrest on rape charges.

Brianne Altice stands accused of having sex with several of her students at Davis High School, which lies just outside of Salt Lake City.

She was initially arrested in October 2013 after a then 16-year-old boy told police they’d had multiple sexual encounters, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

How a Louisiana Man Went from Being a School Janitor to School Principal

When Laci Polotzola walked the halls as a student at Port Barre Elementary in Port Barre, Louisiana, she’d often wave at the jovial janitor, Joseph “Gabe” Sonnier.

“He made us feel safe and comfortable. He was the person who made us happy,” Polotzola, 32, of Port Barre, whose children now attend the school, tells PEOPLE.

One day in 1985, principal Wesley Jones stopped to chat with Sonnier and shared his vision for the janitor’s future. Sonnier recalls the conversation like it was yesterday.

New Jersey Teacher Accused of Sexually Assaulting Three Students

According to her longtime neighbor, Nicole Dufault seemed like “just an average mom going to work.”

But the 34-year-old language arts teacher from Caldwell, New Jersey, stands accused of sexually assaulting three of her students, reports CBS New York.

“[If the allegations are true], not only did she destroy her life and her children, but the boys who are involved as well,” said Dufault’s neighbor Maureen Messina.


Jill Biden Pays Tribute to PEOPLE/MLB's 30 All-Star Teachers at All-Star Game

Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden and an English teacher, joined in the celebration Tuesday in Minneapolis to cheer PEOPLE and Major League Baseball’s 30 All-Star Teachers.

“This is one of the things I want to do, to try to raise awareness about how great teachers are and how hard they work, and I think Major League Baseball has done an incredible job,” says Biden, whose students at Northern Virginia Community College know her as “Dr. B.”

“It makes me so proud to be a teacher,” she added.

Do You Know an Outstanding Teacher? Send Him or Her to the All-Star Game!

She’s taught your son to read and write; he’s chaperoned your daughter on field trips and helped shape her into the person she is today. Don’t you think your child’s teacher deserves a little extra-special recognition?

You’re in luck, because today marks the start of Major League Baseball, Target and PEOPLE’s “All-Star Teachers” program, which honors current and retired teachers around the country for their service to schoolchildren.

Meet People's 2013 Teachers of the Year

For the second year in a row, PEOPLE editors, along with an advisory board of education professionals, have read through a mountain of inspiring applications for the annual Teacher of the Year Award. And it was no easy feat – there are a lot of amazing teachers out there!