Thursday, June 4, 2009
School district honors retirees
By SUE WATSON
The Holly Springs School District honored its own teachers for their dedication to the profession at a ceremony in the high school cafeteria Wednesday of last week.
Nine retiring teachers with a total of 272.75 years teaching service were presented plaques of appreciation and seven teachers/administrators were recognized for having missed no days of school the last year.
Retiring from the junior high school are Rosa Coleman (41 years), Myra Gwyer (29 years), Jerone Smith (28 years), and Kay Wheeler (40.75 years). From the high school, Hugh Foster and Nervelle Ward each retired with 29 years service.
The career and technical center is losing Dr. Wonso Hayes (13 years), Joni Price (29 years) and Luella Wilson (34 years).
Teachers missing no days of school last year were David Bogard (intermediate school), Sandra Glover (high school), Elizabeth Gillentine (primary), Lenora Smith (intermediate), Janice Walker (high school), Laze Walker, (career/technical center) and Irene Walton (central office).
In a moving tribute to teachers, Caryn Swanson said the teaching profession is the first and greatest profession in the world, from which springs the professions of lawyers and doctors and all others.
“Teachers empower and teachers drive, persevere, organize, and instill character and pride,” she said. “It takes a very special person to be a teacher, someone willing to sacrifice, put in long hours at school and time at home preparing, reflecting, praying. Teaching is one of those special professions that is with you always.”
Insights come to teachers in the middle of the night and teachers often come to work tired at times but they always are thinking of a child’s need, Swanson said. Most teachers will have 100 students a year and teach 25 years, thereby impacting the lives of some 2,500 children in an average career.
“Teachers have also taught other teachers and today we are here to honor them,” Swanson said.
Amanda Crane, third year student at Ole Miss and a graduate of Holly Springs High School sang “To God Be The Glory,” and received much applause.
School board president Paul Lampley commended the retirees “for the time and effort you’ve placed in this institution.”
“This is an important endeavor you are leaving and you will be continuing in the community,” he said.
Teaching is a challenge, he said.
“There is something in the head that makes you want to do something like this,” Lampley said. “Congratulations to all of you.”
The sentiment was echoed by superintendent Walton.
“No other career has such an impact on others’ lives and no one else makes a difference as teachers do,” she said.
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