Sarah BorgmanRetired: 1999
I taught English in high school, junior college, and adult education programs. I also spent 31 years as a fifth-grade teacher in elementary school: 42 years in total, all in Indiana. I am on the NEA Board of Directors and the NEA Member Benefits Board of Directors. I also serve as a local chapter president.
How do you spend your time in retirement?
When I’m not doing work for NEA, I work part-time as a hostess and cashier at Amish Acres, a historic farm and tourist attraction in nearby Nappanee, Indiana. I also enjoy making greeting cards as a hobby, and I have five wonderful grandchildren that I keep up with—I love to travel with them and take them places. Now that I’m retired, I don’t want to miss anything! I have a lot of rich memories.
Paul BouchardRetired: 1999
After 11 years of teaching, I became a principal for 25 years. I spent a majority of my time as principal at Wisdom High School in St. Agatha, Maine. Then I served as a vocational director for five years. Currently, I’m the president of the Maine Education Association-Retired and the treasurer for my county’s local affiliate.
Why did you join NEA-Retired?
NEA-Retired became a natural outlet for me and my wife. We wanted to make sure Maine continued to have political clout—which takes people and votes. Our involvement has given us a broader perspective. We all need to stay involved to preserve and protect retirement benefits for all. I also enjoy participating in community affairs, as chairman of the Northern Aroostook Regional Airport Authority and treasurer for the University of Maine Fort Kent’s Foundation Board.
Betty B. PhillipsRetired: 2000
I taught second, sixth, and eighth graders science for over 40 years in Tennessee. I served as president of the Tennessee Retired Teachers Association during the 2007—08 period, and I stay involved by serving on the executive board in an advisory capacity.
How do you stay connected with education?
For the past eight years I have worked as a university supervisor at Austin Peay State University, where I advise and evaluate student teachers. I set my own schedule so that my days are more flexible than they were when I was working in the school. During the summer, I work with the Tennessee State Department of Education and assist with setting up STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) workshops. Even though I’m not in the classroom daily, I still feel as connected to education as when I was teaching.