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TC school retirees honored at June 4 breakfast

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By Phyllis McLaughlin

The Trimble Banner

Trimble County school personnel gathered for a June 4 breakfast to honor five employees who retired from service this year.

Superintendent Marcia Dunaway thanked the retirees and other faculty and staff at the breakfast for all their hard work teaching the students, bringing them to school on buses, cooking for them and taking care of them.

“We have a wonderful school system,” she said. “We get a lot of compliments. This is a great place. It’s home; it will always be special to me.”

Grace Mary Edwards, who started in the district 35 years ago as a cafeteria worker. For the past few years, she has been an instructional aide at Bedford Elementary School.

“I never thought I’d work as long as I have. ... There’s not a better group of people anywhere” than in Trimble County schools,” Edwards said. But, she said she’s ready to take it easy now. “I told my husband, don’t go planning my days.”

 Sheila Crumb retired after 33 years as a teacher at MES. “I will always remember her taking any child and making them a top child,” said Deania Hurst, who retired as principal at the school but returned this past year as interim principal.

Middle School Principal Mike Genton praised special education teacher Greg Fisher, who took on teaching as a second career after retiring from LG&E.

“He was so dedicated to those kids he worked with,” Genton said, adding that because Fisher is a life-long resident, “he knew them, knew their problems, knew their parents, aunts, uncles, dogs and where they lived. Even for kids he didn’t work with.”

Fisher said his second career was “a wonderful experience,” and encouraged the others to “stay in teaching because of the children, because you can make a difference for children.”

Trimble County High School Principal Stirling Sampson lauded the retiring Joyce Nutgrass for her work as custodian at the school.

“Her job is not a pretty one, but not once did she ever complain,” he said. “She did it, did it right and did a fantastic job. She does the dirty work with a smile on her face.”

Former TCHS Principal Rebecca Moore described Nutgrass as her “lifesaver” during her tenure at the school. “She knew where every single thing was in the building, no matter how small it was, or where you thought it would be.”

Debbie Brown, who retired from teaching during the past school year, taught kindergarten through fourth grade at BES since becoming a teacher in 1979.

“You never knew where you were going to see her,” said former BES Principal Sharon Rowlett, adding that Brown was a talented teacher. “Debbie always had real high test scores. She used textbooks; she was old-school and believed in drills, and I think that’s one of the keys to her CATS scores.”

The retirees each was seated in high-back wooden rocking chairs while on the stage during the ceremony. The chairs were gifts from the district for their retirement.