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Passing the Keys at K-M

May 16, 2019 09:08 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Starting drivers ed classes is a rite of passage and a big responsibility for high schoolers across the country.

For Bryan Johnson, it’s been a calling he’s followed for the past 38 years, the last 28 of them in the Kasson-Mantorville school district.

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Now, after decades of teaching kids the rights and wrongs of the roads, he’s letting someone else take the wheel.

“He’s handing over the keys as of June 1st – I will be taking over the classroom portion of the program,” said Dillon Denter, a middle school teacher at Kasson-Mantorville who’s been working alongside Johnson for several years.

“It’s time to hand the keys over and the program to someone else, some young blood,” Johnson said, who guesses that during his career, he’s taught about 3,500 drivers.

“They’re my students and I care about them and you know I’ll go to church, I’ll be downtown, I’ll go to a restaurant and the lady who brings our food to us, the waitress? Former student of mine – I see them all over the place,” Johnson said.

After retiring from his position as a speech pathologist in the district, now Johnson’s looking to take the back seat, and ride out the rest of his teaching license as solely a behind the wheel instructor under his successor.

“If he continues to employ me for another two or three years and then my teaching license is up and then I will be done,” Johnson said.

Johnson hopes the kids he’s taught over the years, who are now mostly adults, will be smart and safe behind the wheel.

“I want them to drive like I’ve taught them to drive. They are, as we say, the chosen ones that come through Kasson-Mantorville,” he said.

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