Emerson Elementary Principal Evonne Holman — who has worked for 38 years in the district — will retire at the end of the school year.
Holman’s career included the 11 years as Emerson principal and one year as Hillcrest Elementary principal. The other 26 years she spent teaching in self-contained special education, resource room, second, fourth and sixth grades, and in Title I.
Like 12th-graders suffering from a bad case of senioritis, she and good friend Rose Garvey, Ramsay School principal, are counting down the days. Garvey retires this year, too.
Holman can’t wait for the freedom.
“I’m ready for a new adventure in this thing we call life,” said Holman. “I plan to travel, spend time with my grandson and be able to go camping in summer and not necessarily have to worry about coming home for school the next day.”
Her last day is June 24. Students are out June 5.
“I have too much on my calendar to worry about how many days we have left,” Holman added. “There’s no quiet time during the year. That’s the thing about elementaries: no two days are the same. You never know what your days will hold.”
Garvey’s last day is June 20. Ramsay students are out on June 6.
Garvey said even though they work in “ different districts, their friendship has crossed over.
“We’ve grown real close,” said Garvey. “We’re professional and personal friends.”