I’ve taught grades 4-8 in Fairfield, Ohio for 28 years. Right now I teach fifth-grade math. I’m currently treasurer of my local Association and a member of the OEA Board of Directors.
How do you plan to spend your retirement?
NEA-Retired does great work for us lobbying on legislative issues. I want to be active in that because the need will always be there. I have to prepare each day to go into the classroom, so it only makes sense that I need to prepare for going out of it. NEA Pre-Retired is helping me prepare for the kind of volunteer work and activism that interests me. I also want to return to community theater after I retire. Acting was a big part of my life for many years: I even had the chance to play Oscar Madison in “The Odd Couple.” I can’t wait to get back into theater—both to act and learn new skills such as set design and lighting.
I taught 7th-8th grade honors math for 35 years in Dallas , Texas. I’m currently president of our state Retired Association.
How are you spending retirement?
I’m staying active. The big issues in my state are salaries, health insurance, and recruiting new members. I’ll keep working with NEA-Retired as long as I can put one foot in front of the other. I’m glad
I learned as a teacher that we need to keep NEA-Retired strong in order to address all our concerns. I also like spending time with my family. We took a cruise last year, and I always look forward to vacationing with them.
I taught kindergarten for 32 years, first in the Philippines, then after coming to the U.S. in 1969, I taught in Milwaukee and Waukesha, Wisconsin. I was executive secretary of my local Association when I was an active teacher, and I still work closely with my old local.
What’s the best thing about retirement?
Gardening—no question about it. I have 200 roses in my yard, and taking care of them is my favorite “issue.” But I’m still very active in NEA-Retired, and I love what we’ve been able to do. I helped to start a mentoring program, and I stay very active in politics. We just elected a teacher as our mayor in Waukesha, and we were very busy over the summer supporting campaigns of all the education-friendly candidates. I also belong to a vacation group for retirees, and we go on all sorts of outings—sight-seeing trips, plays, lectures—twice a month. Retirement is great.