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4,611 Years of Serving Students

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Retire 50 By Kim Underwood

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

JUNE 12, 2018 – This morning, 204 employees with a total of 4,611 years of service to Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools were recognized.

Some of the people at the annual Retirement Breakfast retired earlier in the school year. Others will be retiring in coming days.

Two of the employees– Bobby Stern and David Welborn – each have 46 years of service.

Stern, who is the Instructional Facilitator at Whitaker Elementary is retiring later this month. Welborn, who worked on school buses as a mechanic, retired early in the school year. So he has had the chance to enjoy retirement life.

“I miss some people but I don’t miss the work,” Welborn said.

One day in January was particularly satisfying. When a look out the window revealed snow and ice, he was able to say to himself, “I don’t have to go to work today.”

“That made me feel good,” he said.

Retire 48 Cydney Conger, who joined the school system in 1984, begins her retirement on Aug. 1. This morning before the breakfast, she was hard at work taking care of her responsibilities as the Director of Recruitment and Teacher Induction.

When she took a break for a moment, she said that her emotions are mixed.

“It’s exciting, scary,” Conger said.

Conger knows she’s not interested in just sitting at home. But, other than knowing that she will devote more time to gardening, she’s not yet sure what retirement life will look like.

Allison Brandy, who has been teaching Spanish at The Downtown School, expects to come back as a substitute teacher at one point. In the immediate future, though, she plans to travel with her husband, David Scruggs.

They have two daughters – one who teaches Spanish in Asheville and another who is in Information Technology in Austin, Texas – and she is looking forward to being able to see them more often.

Retire 49 Retirement can mean not seeing people you have worked with for years every school day. That’s the case with Diane Shore, the Financial Secretary at Mount Tabor High who retired in December, and Ed Weiss, the principal at Mount Tabor, who still goes in every day.

Neither was sure how long they worked together but they did know it’s been many years of knowing and respecting each other.

Superintendent Beverly Emory was on hand to thank everyone for all they have contributed to the lives of students over the years.

“I thank you from the bottom of my heart for that,” Emory said.

And she invited everyone – after they have had the chance to savor the early days of retirement – to come back and work with students again as substitute teachers, tutors or mentors.

Yvonne Williams, the president of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Retired School Personnel, invited everyone to become a member of the organization. The members of the organization also work to support the school system, she said, and after, on the first day of school, thinking about how satisfying it was not to have to go to work, they could think about helping students through the organization.

Retire 59 Karel Chandler of the Educator Warehouse was there to let people know that, as they clean out their desks and classrooms, they can pass along any materials that prove useful to other educators to the Educator Warehouse.   

To read a story about David Welborn, go to David Welborn