Virtual classes, dropped Zoom calls, taking tests, and delivering papers have created plenty of challenges for both students and their instructors. But 91-year-old Charles Krohn isn’t letting tech hold him back — no matter how confusing it may be to him. In fact, Krohn’s transition into virtual learning has only continued his passion for teaching as a college professor.
Krohn went viral after his daughter, Julia Krohn Mechling, posted a photo of him sitting down for a remote lesson. In the photo, Krohn can be seen hunkered down at a desk, staring at what looks to be a Zoom call.
In her caption, Mechling explained that Krohn was teaching English at Houston’s University of St. Thomas, where he has worked for over 50 years. She wrote that he was “embracing virtual teaching like a BOSS.”
“Listening to and watching him teach Homer’s The Odyssey is a true gift. He’s been teaching it for decades, and yet he has the passion and excitement for the text as though it’s the first time,” she wrote. “These kids have no idea how lucky they are.”
Going Online After 50 Years
“The fact that [he’s teaching] virtually and still engaging and so smart and so quick … it was just this beautiful moment that I just had to capture,” she told Good Morning America.
According to Mechling, her father had come to her house after experiencing computer trouble at his own home. When she took the photo, she had no idea it would make her dad go viral. Since it was first published, it’s gotten over 64,000 likes, 1,000 comments, and 29,000 shares on Facebook.
Users flooded the comments to share how heartwarming Krohn’s story was, and how inspirational it was to fellow educators.
One user wrote, “What an inspiration for those of us in education as well as others trying to keep up with technology changing so fast!”
Mechling told Good Morning America that her mom made Krohn read every single comment on her post, including those of his former students.
“He taught me so much & opened up a new world of literature,” another commented. “His passion and dedication were not unnoticed. I’ll never forget my experience w/ Krohn.”