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Ric Hogerheide

Background

I’ve taught high school special education for 31 years in Grand Blanc, Michigan. I’m currently my local Association president, a member of the MEA board and executive committee, and a member of the NEA board.

Why did you become a Pre-Retired member?

I joined just a year after I started teaching. My dad was an educator, so I knew from him the importance of planning for my retirement. We need to get that message to young teachers. We’re trying to address what causes young people to leave teaching in the first five years. One thing we don’t talk about enough is that some young people quit teaching in part because they feel too young to worry about retirement. They’re at an age when it’s easy just to think of today’s bills. If a teacher can weather the storm of the first five years, he or she has taken a big step toward future financial security.

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Carole Apfel

Background

I taught elementary school in Florida at almost every grade level for 32 years. I was vice president of my active local Association, an NEA RA delegate, and I’m currently on the advisory council of FEA-Retired.

How are you spending retirement?

For one, I’m enjoying my family. I’m about to celebrate my 50th wedding anniversary, and all four of my children and seven grandchildren will be visiting from all over the U.S. for a week. I’m also very active with FEA-Retired, recruiting new members and helping to set up new Retired units here on the Florida Panhandle. It’s challenging work, and very rewarding.

memberprof3.jpgCleophos Vann

Background

I taught high school art and history and then college, in Birmingham, Alabama, for 49 years.

How are you spending retirement?

It’s a mix of things. I volunteer with a local art club, and I help get grants to restore historic homes in the Birmingham area. I get a lot out of that. But I also like staying active in NEA-Retired. I like to work building membership and in politics. We can’t do enough to help public education, and I’ll probably stay busy at it until they bury me.

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17-Sep-06


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