Metro Schools Celebrates Retiring Teachers, Experts and Leaders

新皇冠体育盘口This year Metro Schools celebrates our retiring public servants in an entirely unique way. 

新皇冠体育盘口Without being able to offer the hugs and going-away parties and other traditional experiences of one’s last year of work, we asked our retiring employees to share with us what their career meant to them. We wanted to hear what they would have said – if they could have – to a roomful of students or co-workers.  

And they came through with the class and heart you would expect. Teachers, support employees and district leaders shared moving, personal messages of encouragement and love as they said farewell to Metro Schools.  

This year’s class of retiring employees新皇冠体育盘口 is an impressive one: More than 100 employees who collectively have more than 2,220 years of education service.  

新皇冠体育盘口Of those 108 employees, 25 of them have served more than 30 years in Nashville’s school system, and two employees have more than 40 years of service.  

新皇冠体育盘口For some of our retirees, this is a full-circle moment, including for Nancy Casner, who is retiring after 17 years of service at Andrew Jackson Elementary School.  

新皇冠体育盘口Casner’s connections to the district run deeper than her years of service, though. She’s a former MNPS student as well.  

“As a product of MNPS myself, I am proud to say that I spent the last years of my teaching career back in the district that grew me,” Casner said.  

And, for many of our retiring teachers and certificated employees, the end of this chapter signifies the completion of a life-long dream.  

新皇冠体育盘口“When I left my first piano lesson at 8 years old, I went home and told my mom that I was going to be a music teacher,” Kathy Hull, who is retiring with 19 years of service, said. “I have never regretted that decision, and my life has been blessed as a result.” 

新皇冠体育盘口While we know the incredible impact our teachers have on students, our retiring teachers spoke of the impact their students have had on their careers, too.  

Kathryn Mays, who is retiring with 30 years of service, recounted a time when a student encouraged her to get back in the classroom.  

“When my first husband died suddenly, I was lost, numb and out of school for weeks. If it wasn't for this young man in my class writing me, I probably would not have returned,” Mays said. “He said, ‘I am so sorry about your husband, and I know you need time. But I need you too, please don't quit on me.’ I returned the next day.” 

Thank you, #TeamMNPS

To our teachers, support employees, district leaders and experts who have served Nashville’s students and schools for so many years: thank you for pouring love and support into our students, thank you for your expertise, and thank you for your tireless service to our schools and our communities. Congratulations!