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America's oldest teacher celebrates her 99th birthday

The oldest teacher in America celebrates her 99th birthday. Erin Burnett reports.

Kids celebrate America's oldest teacher

School celebrates teacher's 99th birthday

By Fahiemah Al-Ali, CNN

North Plainfield, New Jersey (CNN) – Stepping into the auditorium of the Sundance School last weekend was like being transported back to another era.

Glen Miller’s big band crooned "Moonlight Serenade" in the background. A dusty pink feather boa draped sequin-adorned chairs. Heart-shaped velvet boxes sat in the center of each table. A striking black-and-white wedding photograph from 1938 was perched proudly on a small wooden table.

It was the school’s way of celebrating the guest of honor – teacher Agnes Zhelesnik, affectionately referred to as “Granny” by her family and students.

The average teacher retirement age is 59, according to the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future. It's a marker Zhelesnik has blown past.

She just turned 99.

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