CHS Bids Farewell To Memorable Staff Members


By Rebekah Sklute, News and Observations Online Editor

After 32 years of teaching, 25 of which have been at CHS, Ancient History, AP Human Geography and Modern World History teacher Douglas Kraus plans to retire at the end of this school year.

Kraus has taught a variety of classes at CHS this year. In the past, he has taught Honors US History, Honors NSL, ESSO NSL, AP Government (before it became NSL) and AP Comparative Government.

“Having Mr. Kraus for two years was awesome because he’s so passionate about what he teaches, which makes the class a lot more fun,” senior Emily Birnbaum said.

Kraus decided to become a teacher because he likes teenagers and history, so he combined the two.

“It was most fun when I built the Ancient Medieval curriculum from nothing,” Kraus said. “It was really fun to develop it myself.”

Over the years, Kraus has formed relationships with his co-workers who have appreciated his humorous personality and guidance.

“I will miss his words of wisdom,” Modern World teacher Evan Rosenthal said. “We call Mr. Kraus ‘the sage’ in the social studies department because he is always willing to give advice on all topics whether we ask for it or not.”

During his retirement, Kraus plans to travel, play golf, be a guide at the Smithsonian Museum and perhaps, work part time. He is excited to retire, but he will miss the student’s “company and enthusiasm.”

Kraus has one final message to CHS students:

“Keep your eye on the goal, always try to do your best, find something you enjoy doing, and try to make the world a better place,” Kraus said.