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Hancock man not stay-at-home type of retiree

July 14, 2005|by MARLO BARNHART

HANCOCK - After putting in 28 years with the U.S. Postal Service, Ken Boheim decided he wasn't cut out to be the sit-at-home kind of retiree.

"I have a lot more to contribute," said the 66-year-old Hancock resident. "I really want to help people."

Education seemed to be the key to his goals, so Boheim first earned his bachelor's degree in history from California State University in Long Beach. Later, he worked toward a master's in library science, also in California.

Twelve years ago, Boheim moved to Hancock.

His new library science degree led to a job setting up the library at the National Role Models Academy for high school dropouts at the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base.

The position appealed to Boheim, a high school dropout who earned his diploma while he was serving in the Army.

In addition to ordering and cataloging books, Boheim got the chance to teach when one of the teachers at the academy left. He then knew what he wanted to do with the rest of his life.

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When the academy closed in 2002, Boheim decided to again go back to school so he could teach in public schools.

He received his master's degree in teaching from Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Md., in May.

"Right now, I'm teaching at the Sylvan Learning Center in Frederick," Boheim said. "I'm hoping to apply for a teaching position in Washington County Public Schools.

Boheim said he couldn't have achieved his goals alone.

"I had the Lord's help in this," he said. "I've been blessed ... now I want to pay that back."

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