The Clarke County School Board recognized five retiring staff members on Monday evening, Jerry Ayres, Linda Bartlett, Robert Buckley, Karen Nopper, and Judy Sallgren, for their years of dedication and service to Clarke County’s students.
Karen Nopper, a library and media specialist at Cooley Elementary School, told the School Board that her twenty one years in Clarke County education has gone by quickly. “I love this community and Berryville” Nopper said. “I’ve journeyed with many children in here and it has been a real joy.” Nopper, an avid kayaker, said that retirement will allow her to spend more time paddling. She also said that she is looking to spending time in the gym and reading.
“I’m just going to see where my path leads” Nopper said.
Judy Sallgren, a CCPS technology lead, recounted her first years in Clarke County teaching in the gifted program before moving on to teach 3rd grade. “I was at a retirement party earlier today for a colleague” Sallgren said. “My colleague’s son, who had given me a music box when I taught him in 3rd grade, was also there and I returned the music box to him after all of these years.”
Sallgren said that she would most miss the friends and people that she has come to know in the Clarke County School system but she is also looking forward to spending time near the ocean. “I have a place that overlooks a marsh at the beach” Sallrgen laughed. “On the first day of school next year that’s where I’ll be. So if you need me you know where to reach me!”
Linda Bartlett began teaching sixth grade in Clarke County in 1970. Over her career Bartlett said that she was able to raise a family and stay involved in teaching by being flexible.
“After teaching sixth grade I did home bound teaching” Bartlett said. “Then when my first child was born I provided day care services for Clarke County teachers and principals.” When Bartlett’s child was older she returned to CCPS as kindergarten teacher for six years and then spent another fifteen years teaching first grade before transitioning to become a reading specialist.
“I loved every minute teaching first grade and my time teaching in Clarke County” Bartlett said. Bartlett plans to travel in her retirement but will not be away from teaching for long. Bartlett plans to continue to volunteer at Boyce Elementary School in the coming academic year.
Johnson Williams Middle School science teacher Jerry Ayres and school custodian Robert Buckley were not present at Monday night’s meeting.