- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
The days of setting alarm clocks is coming to an end for about 60 Calvert County Public Schools employees.
On Thursday evening, they were celebrated at the CCPS 2012 Retirement Celebration at the Rod ’N’ Reel Restaurant at the Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa.
“Such a commitment cannot and should not be overlooked,” said CCPS Assistant Director of Human Resources Victoria Karol, who presided over the ceremony.
The night’s other speakers included CCPS Superintendent Jack Smith and Calvert County Board of Education President Rose Crunkleton.
The dinner was accompanied by the Calvert Chamber Players.
Smith said when preparing his speech he looked up the term “Game Changer” online; “And I’m not encouraging anyone to do that,” he said of the Internet search.
The description Smith said he liked the best was “radical shift.”
Like retirement, Smith said other “radical shifts” in life include starting school and taking a first job “where you really have to show up and pay attention.”
Smith encouraged the retirees to think about what their next step will be.
“I hope the game is excellent and you win the game,” he said.
Crunkleton joked that the retirees should be forewarned if they’re planning to leave the county.
“People ask, ‘Do you really eat emu?’” Crunkleton laughed, referencing a news story that “put Calvert County on the map.”
“We’re simple people — all roads lead to Route 4,” Crunkleton said, adding on a more serious note, “I hope you enjoy retirement, where every day’s a Saturday.”
Northern Middle School U.S. history teacher Barbara Smith-White, 59, said she was excited to have more time with her two new grandbabies.
“I’m leaving feeling upbeat about the job I did,” she said, adding it was always her plan to retire when things were going well.
“I didn’t want to leave feeling ugly about it,” Smith-White said.
She said she would miss “the camaraderie of my colleagues” and her subject matter but not “grading papers and getting up at 5 a.m.”
“It was just hard; I wanted to retire,” said Southern Middle School cafeteria worker Sarah Kenney, 62.
Kenney did say she would miss the students and “working with the girls” in the cafeteria.
She said she was planning to eventually work as a substitute in the cafeteria.
Leanne Spicer, a history teacher at Windy Hill Middle School, said her retirement was timed specifically to be the same year as her husband’s.
“We want to travel and do the things retired people do and spend time with our granddaughter,” she said, continuing that the highlight of her job was “just watching the kids change over the year.
“To see the progress they made and how their personalities change, especially in middle school,” Spicer said.
Mount Harmony Elementary School instructional assistant Helen Wills, 68, said retiring after 38 years with CCPS was too soon for her.
She said she had to due to medical reasons.
“She was going for 40 [years] so she could get the mantle clock,” said Mount Harmony Principal Liz Gebelein of the present that all 40-year employees receive.
“I wanted that clock to put on the mantle,” Wills agreed. “Is someone gonna get me one?”
Wills said being retired would take some adjusting.
“Right now I’m calling it my ‘leisure time,’” she said, adding that her eventual plans include “exercising, bingo; some fun things.”
2012 Calvert County school system retirees
Christopher Jensen Appeal Elementary School
Geraldine Jensen Appeal Elementary School
Terese Scruggs Barstow Elementary School
Cheryl Dolinger Calvert Elementary School
Robin Shaffer Calvert Elementary School
Karleen Trost Calvert Elementary School
Angela Burbank Dowell Elementary School
Mary Connell Dowell Elementary School
Carolyn Ghezzi Mt. Harmony Elementary School
Bonnie Petrarca Mt. Harmony Elementary School
Barbara Sparks Mt. Harmony Elementary School
Helen Wills Mt. Harmony Elementary School
Donna Boylan Mutual Elementary School
Jo Deska Patuxent Elementary School
Jane McDonald Patuxent Elementary School
Elise Thompson Patuxent Elementary School
Dennis Vogel Patuxent Elementary School
Bruce Armstrong Plum Point Elementary School
Carolyn Jones Sunderland elementary School
Nancy Miller Sunderland Elementary School
Beverly Page Sunderland Elementary School
Kathleen Andes Calvert Middle School
Vernell Brooks Calvert Middle School
Ersaline Hammett Calvert Middle School
Susan Pape Calvert Middle School
Margaret Jenkins Mill Creek Middle School
Ellen Gross Northern Middle School
Roland Gross Northern Middle School
Cynthia Hayward Northern Middle School
Lorraine Shamberger Northern Middle School
Barbara Smith-White Northern Middle School
Jeanine Gruver Plum Point Middle School
Edith Commodore Southern Middle School
Ellen Hahn Southern Middle School
Sarah Kenney Southern Middle School
Mary Brown Windy Hill Middle School
Josephine DiMarco Windy Hill Middle School
Rose Knobel Windy Hill Middle School
Leanne Spicer Windy Hill Middle School
William Colvin Calvert High School
Mary Friedman Calvert High School
John Major Calvert High School
Deborah Soper Calvert High School
Gary Graff Calvert High School
Gerald Franks Huntingtown High School
Michael Henshaw Huntingtown High School
Sharon Whalen Huntingtown High School
Bernadette Hager Northern High School
Michael Ladd Northern High School
Kandia Spain Northern High School
Marguerite Kaupp Patuxent High School
Glenna Mutchler Patuxent High School
Irma Boucher Calvert Country School
Andrea Rea Calvert Country School
Betty Reynolds Calvert Country School
Larry Ringgold Career & Technology Academy
JoAnn Roberts Instruction Department
Flora Zwahlen Instruction Department
George Weems Jr. Maintenance Department
Karen Neal Student Services Department