Before this school year completely slips away, I want to recognize and thank some people that are going to be moving on to another phase in their lives. Currently, we have four people that are retiring from EISD at the end of this school year: Geraldine Carson, Harold Hemphill, Ann Shoecraft, and Clare Bradburn. Geraldine Carson has been in education for 41 years. She has been a part of Eustace ISD for the past 33 years. For the past several years, she has taught sixth grade science at the Middle School. Mrs. Carson has been instrumental in establishing a love of science in the students that she has taught through the years. On Tuesday of this week, Mrs. Carson was honored with a reception at the Middle School

Harold Hemphill, our bus mechanic and a bus driver, will be retiring after 25 years of service with the district. Harold can repair any vehicle the district owns. He has been an invaluable part of our transportation staff over the past 25 years. He has saved the district literally thousands upon thousands of dollars with his knowledge and expertise of vehicle repair. He has made sure that our students always have safe transportation to school and back home. Harold will be honored with a reception this Friday at the Transportation Facility. The reception will start around 4:30.

Ann Shoecraft has been in education a total of 22 years. The past 6 years she has worked at Eustace High School. She has taught HS English and speech. Because of her advance degree, she has also been able to teach dual-credit speech. Having someone with Ms. Shoecraft’s knowledge and expertise has meant that our high school students have been able to take college level courses without leaving Eustace. This has been a tremendous benefit for our students. Ms. Shoecraft will be honored with a reception next Tuesday, from 3:30 – 4:30 in the HS library.

Clare Bradburn, after two years with EISD and a total of 30 years in education, will be retiring at the end of this school year. Mrs. Bradburn teaches pre-k at Eustace Primary. Although not with the district as long as the other retirees, Mrs. Bradburn’s professionalism and knowledge of pre-k teaching has helped build our pre-k program into the best in this area. Her love for teaching is only surpassed by her love for her students. Mrs. Bradburn will be honored with a reception next Wednesday at 1:30 in the Primary library.

On behalf of EISD, I want to thank each one of these retirees for their dedication and devotion to the students of EISD. Altogether, we are losing over 118 years of experience with these four individuals. We are grateful that each one chose to share their talents and gifts with the students, parents, and staff of Eustace ISD. We wish each one a very happy retirement!!


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