Elmar schuster, the former headmaster of the schonborn grammar school, can be found either walking his rough-haired dachshund or even more likely in his workshop in the basement, where he spends a lot of time carving wood. He loves working with wood, he says. Today elmar schuster completes his 80th year. Year of life.
He discovered his love of wood sculpture during a vhs carving course with josef weib, he says. In the living room there are some of his works, rough and small sculptures of saints. He is currently working on a sculpture that depicts the entire christmas story in one figure. Only a few more cuts are needed, then it can be christmas, he says contentedly.
Lessons often interrupted
The wurzburg-born son of a teacher from erlach in the ochsenfurt region attended elementary school with his father for a few years, then transferred to the old gymnasium in wurzburg, where classes were frequently interrupted by the ever-increasing air alerts. When the gymnasium was closed in january 1945, schuster returned to the elementary school in erlach, and then attended the gymnasium in munsterschwarzach from november 1945 to 1951. Elmar schuster passed his school-leaving exams in 1951, then again at the old grammar school in wurzburg. He studied latin, greek and history and passed the state examination in 1956.
He spent his first two years as a trainee teacher at the old gymnasium, today's wirsberg gymnasium, in wurzburg, and also spent a quarter of a year at the humanist gymnasium in munsterstadt munnerstadt could get to know. After his second state examination in 1958, the munnerstadt educational institution was to become his further life's task, where schuster, as a teacher of latin, greek and history, climbed the entire philological ladder, from teacher's aide to study councilor, senior study councilor to study director and senior study director.
In addition to his teaching duties, he also held the positions of deputy principal and eventually principal of the school. During the years 1968 and 1970 he worked on the so-called "munnerstadter modell", a model for the college level for the gymnasiums in bavaria with. In other areas, he was involved as chairman of the bavarian philologists' association and as a staff councillor as well as a member of staff at the institute for school pedagogy. The passionate teacher has been in retirement since 1993.
"Of course, I also had a private life outside of my very time-consuming profession", says the jubilarian to our newspaper. In november 1957 he married his gudrun, a forester's daughter from the spessart region of germany. The schusters have lived in munnerstadt since 1958, and in 1967/68 they built their house in schutzenstrabe, the first house in the karlsberg ost area at that time, located directly next to the feldweg, which later became schutzenstrabe. "Our three children have given us eight grandchildren so far, making us happy grandparents," he says, says the jubilarian.
Elmar schuster was also active in the social life of munnerstadt. "The adult education center must be a school for the people!" Under this motto he brought the VHS munnerstadt as its director (1972/1995) to a certain bloom. The people of munnerstadt still have fond memories of the numerous study trips the vhs made under his leadership to countries in the mediterranean region. "I have fond memories of the first school exchange with stenay in 1972, which was followed in 1978 by the stenay-munnerstadt twinning initiative. In 1989 he finally founded the still very active school partnership of the schonborn high school with mosonmagyarovar in hungary. Today, he is particularly pleased about this popular understanding by young people, because one can already sense the successes, emphasizes the jubilarian. For his civic and social achievements, he was awarded the silver medal of the city in 1982 and the cultural award of the district in 1993. To his 80. Birthday the schusters allow themselves a short time out in an unknown place.