There was a mix of excitement and nostalgia at the Eugene Brucker Education Center front lawn as San Diego Unified said goodbye to its retirees.
Employees, families and honorees gathered to celebrate the dedication and service of the nearly 650 certificated and classified employees that are retiring from San Diego Unified this year. This includes more than 450 teachers who enrolled in the early retirement program.
Supt. Marten started the festivities Thursday, June 19, by expressing her appreciation to the retirees for their service.
“This year, I have the opportunity to say a very special thank you to all of you,” said Superintendent Marten. “You have made immeasurable contributions, and have given the priceless gift of time and talent to help our students achieve their best – in and out of the classroom. The success of our students is a reflection of your hard and heart work.”
On behalf of the Board of Education, Board Vice President Marne Foster expressed her gratitude to the retirees, thanking them for the tremendous impact they have on the lives of students across San Diego.
As part of the ceremony, each retiree had the opportunity to introduce themselves, say how many years they had been with the district and share details of their journey. Some have served the district for just a few years, others more than 40.
The Monroe Clark Jazz Band, directed by Chris Lea, provided entertainment during the reception and the district’s Food Services Department catered the event.