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After 20 years of helping young learners, school’s out for classroom volunteer

Bill Valachovic, a mentor at Schenectady’s Lincoln Elementary School, helps Tylor Sears, 9, with his reading during a Thursday morning session in Carol Zebrowski’s third grade class. The 89-year-old Valachovic has helped out at Lincoln for the past 20 years and will end his volunteer days at the end of the school year. (photo: Jeff Wilkin/Gazette Reporter)
Bill Valachovic, a mentor at Schenectady’s Lincoln Elementary School, helps Tylor Sears, 9, with his reading during a Thursday morning session in Carol Zebrowski’s third grade class. The 89-year-old Valachovic has helped out at Lincoln for the past 20 years and will end his volunteer days at the end of the school year. (photo: Jeff Wilkin/Gazette Reporter)
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Bill Valachovic of Colonie was in the middle of a mystery with Teaishane Monroe. It was all about “Maya and the Missing Pudding,” a reading and spelling project inside Carol Zebrowski’s classroom at Lincoln Elementary School in Schenectady. Valachovic helped 8-year-old Teaishane with questions attached to the one-page story. “How do you spell chocolate?” asked the young reader. “Look it up,” Valachovic answered, smiling. “You can find it just as good as I can find ...

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