Some of the county’s longest serving educators put on their best attire last week to celebrate their decades of services to Loudoun County Public Schools.
The school system held a retirement dinner Friday at Lansdowne Resort, honoring the 192 employees who are retiring at the end of this school year. The employees had a combined 3,516 years of service to the students of Loudoun County. Two employees tied for the most years of service: Loudoun County High School social studies teacher Patricia A. Simms and Waterford Elementary secretary Judith A. Florance are both retiring after 43 years with the school system.
School Board Chairman Jeff Morse and Superintendent Dr. Eric Williams jointly issued a statement to retiring employees: “Take time to remember the lives you have touched just as our students will remember you for years to come. Whether your work was to provide a safe ride to school, a well-maintained building or campus or an exciting and challenging classroom. It was your personal commitment that made the difference in the lives of many students.”
Some of the longest-serving employees from this year’s class of retirees are: Woodgrove High School Assistant Principal Daryl Cummings (30 years with LCPS), Frances Hazel Reid Elementary fourth-grade teacher Sherry Peters (30 years), Kenneth Culbert Elementary fifth-grade teacher Bridget Roth (30 years), Blue Ridge Middle School social studies and global studies teacher Alisa Gladstone (31 years), Dominion Trail Elementary first-grade teacher Catherine Struhar (33 years), Harmony Middle School technology education teacher Pete Peters (37 years), Seneca Ridge Middle School librarian Anita Spain (40 years), and Rolling Ridge STEP teacher Karen Elliott (42 years).