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Extra Credit - The Educators’ Bucket List!

What are those things that all educators should do or try before they retire?

We asked; you answered.


By Mary Ellen Flannery

“Spend time in a different grade level or class… Challenge yourself to adapt what you’ve seen to fit your needs!”
Ann Nichols, West Florence High School
Florence, South Carolina

“Be a delegate to the NEA Representative Assembly! Words cannot even describe the excitement you feel to be in a room with more than 9,000 educators ready to take on the latest issues.”
Veronica Miranda-Pinkney, Bachrodt Academy
San Jose, California

“Get into politics. We need more politicians that KNOW about student development and education needs!”
Claudia Sorto
Agnes Scott College
Decatur, Georgia

“Spend 30 minutes eating your lunch!”
Michael Cousineau
Hinsdale Central High School
Hinsdale, Illinois

“Attend a student’s recital, concert, sports game, debate, musical performance, etc. out of the goodness of your heart — not as a chaperone.”
Kristie Schmidt, Valley Regional High School
 Deep River, Connecticut

“Reflect upon, then find and thank the educator who made an impact on your own teaching. When I ‘found’ my first grade teacher, Mrs. Warnecke, after 45 years, I told her about how often I had thought of her as I taught my own students.”
Cindi Rigsbee, Gravelly Hill Middle School
Efland, North Carolina

“Attend one of your state affiliate’s Retirement Workshops EARLY in your career.”
Jon-Paul Roden, retired educator
Vernon, Connecticut

“Inscribe a cherished book and give it to a student.”
Kristie Schmidt
Valley Regional High School
Deep River, Connecticut

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