Caroline Wishes Long-Time Employees a Happy Retirement


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CCPS said a bittersweet goodbye to 30 retirees this month with celebrations, gifts and heartfelt well wishes from colleagues and friends.

In honor of their service to students, a donation in each retiree’s name was made to Imagination Library, a program which provides a free, age-appropriate book every month to any child in Caroline County, from the time they are born through the age of five. Each individual $50 donation will cover the cost of providing two children with monthly books for one year. With 30 retirees, the total amount of the donation was $1500.

Retiring school staff were celebrated at their individual schools. Those serving in a districtwide capacity were honored at an afternoon reception held outdoors at the Chesapeake Culinary Arts Center in Denton.

In welcoming guests to the reception, Superintendent Dr. Derek L. Simmons noted that the Central Office and administrative retirees represented very close to 200 years of institutional knowledge and experience. “We will miss them as a daily part of many of our lives,” he said, “and there’s no doubt the district as a whole will feel the loss of their presence.”

Each of the retirees’ direct supervisors introduced them, shared memories, and expressed appreciation for their contributions to students, families, and colleagues over the course of their careers. Dr. Simmons presented each of them with original artwork print, specifically created for CCPS, that identified school locations in a county outline. Remarks were also given by Board of Education President Jim Newcomb and former Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jim Orr who worked closely with all three retirees in attendance. All event photos may be found on the CCPS Flickr page.

2022 Retirees

Name – Position – Current School – Years of Service in Caroline

Glen A. Biddle – Teacher, LMS, 7 years

Anne M. Bouchal – Instructional Assistant, 10 years

Kathy J. Breitbach – Head Custodian, CRHS 22 years

Kenneth L. Breeding – Maintenance Worker, 18 years

Renee Carnochan – Teacher, GES, 18 years

Patricia M. Curran – Secretary, NCHS, 10 years

Arlene Dahmer – Instructional Assistant, LMS, 26 years

Robert Davis – Teacher, CRHS, 19 years

Laura S. Eser – Teacher, CCTC, 21 years

Susan E. Frey – Secretary, NCHS, 15 years

Richard Hayman – Bus Driver, 40 years

Penny H. Healy – Personnel Coordinator, CO, 43 years

Marsha C. Hood – Secretary, LMS, 21 years

Donna Kellner – Secretary, RES, 24 years

Marsha L. Kibler – Cafeteria Worker, GES, 10 years

Susan R. McCandless – Principal, DES, 30

Denise Meredith – Secretary, CRHS, 15

Debora S. Mitchell – Administrative Assistant, CO, 43 years

Teresa M. Morris – Secretary, CRHS, 30 years

Kristine Neville – Teacher, CRMS, 31 years

Shawn E. Parks, – Teacher, LMS, 31 years

Cheryl J. Reedy – Custodian, NCHS, 31 years

Robyn A. Ritter – Secretary, LMS, 24 years

Amy M. Smith – Teacher, GES, 32 years

Sandra J. Smith – Teacher Specialist, CO, 24 years

Tammy K. Tarr – Instructional Assistant, 18 years

Patricia B. Turner – Teacher, LMS, 21 years

Donna J. Weber – Teacher, FES, 15 years

Sheri Wheeler – Instructional Assistant, RES, 28 years

Michelle R. Wiley – Teacher, GES, 31 years