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Wed, June 23

Education Association honors retirees from district

The Winslow Education AssociationÕs (WEA) annual banquet Monday, April 26, honored this yearÕs Winslow Unified School District retirees.

They include Eileen Dorsey of Bonnie Brennan School; Claylene Petranovich of Bonnie Brennan; Helen Jane Pollard of Winslow Junior High; Judie Peterson of Washington; Ann Rickstrew of the district office; and David Black, former Winslow Unified School District Superintendent.

Following is more about each of the retirees:

Claylene Petranovich

Petranovich has worked for the district for more than 20 years. Her plans include traveling, reading, and Òlots and lots of scrapbooking.Ó

She told those not retiring to Òhang in there!Ó

Helen Jane Pollard

Pollard also will be turning in her grade books for the last time this year. She has been teaching for the school district for 34 years. Her career began at Bonnie Brennan Elementary as a fourth-grade teacher. In 1972, she transferred to Winslow Junior High where she has remained.

The most memorable moment of her teaching career, she said, was in 1972 when Doc Wright, assistant principal at Winslow High School, suddenly passed away and the district needed a seventh-grade teacher. After several staff changes, Superintendent Booth hired her for $6,400 a year. He told her she would belong to the WEA, as there was 100-percent membership of all district employees.

Pollard said she has enjoyed her years working for the district and her membership in the WEA, adding that she has worked for seven superintendents and seven principals.

She plans to spend more time with her family, travel and enjoy their cabin.

She also had some advice for the teachers she leaves behind: Enjoy the students you teach. Education is very rewarding to be able to make a positive difference in the lives of young people.

Eileen Dorsey

Dorsey has worked for the school district for the past 17 years. When asked her most memorable moment, she said, ÒWhere do I begin! I first realized I loved teaching by bossing my brother and sisters around. Being an aide at Head Start (in Philadelphia), while in college, made me realize I loved special people.Ó

Her plans include playing with her grandson Òa lot,Ó and to never stop loving children and to stay involved with youth. On retirement, she said to the remaining teachers and staff, ÒBelieve it or not, it will be here before youÕre ready.Ó

Judie Peterson

Peterson has worked for the school district for 30 years. She has taught first through fourth grades at old Washington and Lincoln, as well as at new Washington School.

Peterson plans to do all of the things that she did not have enough time for while she was working, including quilting. She and her husband, Bert, are looking forward to being able to travel.

ÒThe wonderful thing about teaching is that each day is filled with moments that touch our hearts or make us smile,Ó she said. ÒI have so many wonderful memories that it is hard to pick just one.Ó

Ann Rickstrew

Rickstrew, who works in the district office, also is calling it quits. She came to the school district in January 1993 as the business manager. She added that the past 10-and-a-half years with Winslow Unified have been both challenging and rewarding.

After retiring, her plans center on hitting the road with her husband, Jim, in their new RV.

David Black

Also retiring this year is District Superintendent David Black, who has been in education for 31 years.

He has been an instructor at Northern Arizona University, as well as a teacher, coach, athletic director, assist-ant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent.

Black came to the district in 1993 as assistant superintendent. He has been working as a consultant to the district since his retirement this past fall, helping to complete the new high school building project.

In his retirement, Black plans to spend more time with his wife, Trudy.

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