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Mark Shively


I’ve been a secondary special education teacher for 29 years in Omaha, Nebraska, and plan to retire in 2011. I am starting my second term as a director with the Nebraska NEA Board of Directors..

What are your plans after retirement?
I am thinking about going into the allied health field after I retire.  I want a career with a lot of people contact.  I would also like to work on the Getting Out The Vote (GOTV) political campaign to create change and turn our country around.

When I become an active retiree, I will work to preserve benefits, such as Social Security, and be an active voice for other retired members.  I believe NEA-Retired does a great job protecting its members and I am looking forward to continuing the legacy they have established in the past 25 years.

E. Cristina  Diaz-Arntzen

Recently Retired

I taught bilingual preschool and kindergarten for 19 years before switching to teach third grade at a monolingual school in Waukesha, Wisconsin. I was recently elected as secretary for the NRA-New Mexico Central Region Council and am a member of the NEA-New Mexico Retired Member of the Board.

What has surprised you about retirement?
I got into art, which is something I didn’t know I had in me. I’ve worked at art shows and have even sold some of my punch quilting wall hangings. Time management has been a challenge.

When you work, you knew exactly how much time you have to accomplish something. Once I retired I thought I would have more time to be involved with the Association and do more hiking, but you have to keep a schedule. I want to do it all but I’ve come to the realization that you can’t.

Rosemarie “Roe”  Jankowski

Active Retired

I was an ESP benefits coordinator in Burlington County, New Jersey, for 25 years. Currently, I am president of the New Jersey Retired Educators Association and a retired representative in the New Jersey Education Association Executive Committee and the NJEA PAC Operating Committee.

What is the best thing about retirement?
Staying active in the Association and working for the members. I am doing all the things I did before retirement except now I do them on my own time.

My biggest responsibility is maintaining retirement and health benefits, which has turned out to be a full-time job. I really enjoy living on the Jersey Shore, a place many people only get to see on vacation.

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