Retirement or Reboot?

June was a flurry of retirement celebrations.  The district’s annual retirement party was held on the rooftop patio of the Community Foundation in Aptos.  It was a chilly foggy evening (of course it was, it’s Aptos!) and many of retired teachers came to celebrate with...

Flattery Will Get you Nowhere

As word of my retirement has spread among the adults in the school community many of them have reminisced with me about my longevity in the district.  I was recently reminded that I had an undergraduate work-study job at Santa Cruz Gardens a few years before my 1986...

Children’s Perspectives on Retirement

Last week I told my students I was retiring.   Some of the responses were pretty amusing: “Why are you retiring?” asked one second grader. “Because she’s old,” explained the next. A third grader asked  “What will you do when you retire?” “She’ll take a nap.” answered...

Ms. Arnold wants to know… about YOU!

I am retiring after almost 30 years of teaching.  I am excited about my next phase — I’ll be working as an educational consultant—but I am also very nostalgic for all the days I spent in the classroom:    My four years teaching 6th grade at New Brighton...