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UCPS retirees have total of 2,486 years of service to school system

Sue Griffin, a teacher at New Town Elementary School, retired from the Union County Public Schools after 42 years of teaching. She was recognized for having the most years of service at a retiree luncheon held recently at Rolling Hills Country Club. Also pictured is Superintendent Dr. Ed Davis.

At the close of the 2010-2011 school year, UCPS witnessed 110 retirees, taking with them a combined 2,486 years of experience. The average length of time for the retirees was 23 years.

Sue Griffin, a teacher at New Town Elementary School, who retired after 42 years of teaching, was recognized for having the most years of service.

The retirees were honored June 15, 2011, at a luncheon held at Rolling Hills Country Club. Superintendent Dr. Ed Davis said no matter what their role; administrator, teacher, teacher assistant, cafeteria worker, office worker, bus driver or custodian; everyone played an important role in the history of the school system.

"Even after your time with the children is over, you will still have an impact," he said. "Even years in the future, like a ripple in the water, your influence will be there. You've all been a part of the legacy that makes the school system great."

The luncheon featured Dr. Robert Fulton, an author and a retired English teacher, who offered a light-hearted look at what to expect in retirement. He told the retirees that now they had the time to do the things they have always wanted to do.

Since his retirement, Fulton said he has written two books, multiple magazine articles, won 14 writing awards, edited more than 50 novels, traveled to other countries and fished from the coast to the mountains.

"But the thing I'm most proud of are my five grandchildren," he said, adding that he is also very proud of his marriage of 43 years to his wife, Miriam, a UCPS elementary instructional technology specialist.

Fulton said the most important thing to remember in retirement is having passion for the things you do. "Spend time doing what you love to do, what you have a passion for," he said. "If you're not sure what it is you have a passion for, find what you do have a passion for. And do it on your own time. Also, remember to live every day as if it were your last, because one day, you're going to get it right."

Union County Retired School Personnel co-presidents Nancy Blacka and Carole Williams spoke on the benefits of joining their organization. Students, Brandon Rogers and Peyton Reynolds, from Central Academy of Technology and Arts, performed “For Good,” from the Broadway musical “Wicked.”

For a complete list of the UCPS employees who retired between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2011, click here.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Video By: Don Mace, Web Communications Coordinator
Posted: Jun 29, 2011 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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