Wrong turn leads to a 37-year career for former S.E. Gross science teacher honored over weekend
BROOKFIELD – On a November day in 1956, Joseph Lis found himself lost in Brookfield while on his way to the zoo.
By chance, he happened to drive by S.E. Gross Middle School and decided to stop in to ask for directions. While getting his bearings, he struck up a conversation with the school's principal about his military service and his recent degree from DePaul University. By the end of their conversation, Lis was offered a job and began a 37-year career as a science teacher at the school the following day.
The job would introduce him to his wife, also a teacher at the school, and inspire many of his students, some of who attended a ceremony at Gross Middle School on Saturday for the dedication of one of the school's science labs in his honor.
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