After 32 years of teaching with the Unified School District of Antigo, John Nedden, Antigo High School math teacher, has turned to the next chapter in his life, which just so happens to be working full-time in the real estate industry.

In 1984, Nedden graduated from Merrill High School, then attended University of Wisconsin (UW) Marathon Center for two years while still living at home and working part time.

“From there, I went on to UW-Stevens Point for the next two years followed by a semester of student teaching at Wausau East High School,” Nedden said.

He graduated with a mathematics teaching degree and a coaching minor, then earned his master’s degree in education from UWSP in 1995.

“I chose teaching because math was something I was good at, and I wanted to remain involved with sports,” Nedden said.

At a fairly early age, Nedden said knew he wanted to be a teacher and didn’t have any other career in mind.

Other than student teaching at Wausau East High School during college, he hes been dedicated to teaching in the Antigo School District the last three decades.

In addition to teaching math, he was a varsity assistant football coach for seven years and coached four years of lower level football after that.

“Throughout the years, I did various levels of boys and girls basketball but never above the eighth grade. Football was by far my favorite sport,” said Nedden. “I also did many years of volunteer coaching volleyball and basketball for my daughters’ teams.”

This school year was the last of Nedden’s teaching career. Tuesday will be his final day.

“I don’t like to think of it as retiring but as a chance to start a new chapter of my life. Retiring makes me sound and feel old,” chuckled Nedden. “I will say that I still enjoy being in the classroom and working with high school aged students.”

He plans to do some hunting, fishing and traveling with his family, especially during times of the year he couldn’t previously due to the teaching calendar.

“I’ve had a real estate license for seven and a half years, so my plans include continuing to work as a Realtor,” Nedden said.

Over the next few weeks, he’ll be transitioning from teaching to working with real estate at Integrity Reality.

“One of the most fulfilling things about teaching is seeing how many of my students have gone on to be successful in many different careers,” said Nedden. “Many of these students I would now consider friends.”

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