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Re: [teacherartexchange] Thoughts on retirement, please!


From: Gabrielle Bliss (Gabrielle.Bliss_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Jun 06 2006 - 12:02:22 PDT

What inspirational thoughts- even for those of us who arn't there yet!

Thanks, Gabrielle in Mpls

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From: Ann Heineman <>
Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2006 11:49 am
Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] Thoughts on retirement, please!

> Hi Irene,
> Wow, is there life after retirement?!!! Most certainly, and you
> willhave no trouble filling your hours and days with worthwhile and
> creativeprojects. I retired in June, 2002 after 35 years of
> teaching K-5 and 6. No
> regrets to retire. I do miss the children and staff very much, but
> I am a
> volunteer reader at Head Start one 30 min session per week, which
> gives me
> guaranteed hugs and opportunities to keep current with children's
> picturebooks. My other volunteer jobs include the Fine Arts Library
> and Medical
> Heritage Center at OSU. And since I turned 60 spunky years old two
> yearsago, I have been taking courses in printmaking and French
> through Program 60
> at OSU --think no tuition, no grades/credit, just pure fun to explore
> everything and anything the university has to offer. This year
> it's been
> lithography, which really keeps me busy and out of trouble.
> Advice: start listing the things/activities that are really
> meaningfulto you. You will have to make choices of your time
> still! Try not to
> overextend yourself and fill up your days every hour with
> appointments/committments of time. Retirement gives you the luxury
> to seize
> the serrendipity moments and relish the weekends sans Saturday
> laundry and
> Sunday lesson plans, etc etc etc, because you can do those
> serrendipitythings M-F, and in broad daylight, or the wee hours of
> the night,too. (It
> took me a few months to get over the fear that the truant officer
> would get
> after me being away from school during school hours.) :-) Get out
> and take
> daily walks, exercise body, brain and soul, plan trips to
> interesting places
> near and far. Stay on this list and be a friend and mentor to all
> the new
> teachers who need us for moral support. Being retired doesn't mean
> that our
> lives as educators and artists come to a screeching halt. Find
> your niche
> and have a great time! You'll wonder how you got anything done when
> you were
> teaching. Please write back with any more questions. I am sure you
> willhear from Woody and others, too. Don't retire unless you have
> somethingbetter to retire TO.
> Ann-on-y-mouse in Columbus
> Ann Irene Heineman
> Art teacher, K-5, retired
> > Hello, all--
> >
> > The 2006-07 school year will be my 30th--and probably last--year
> of teaching
> > art at the middle school level. I must say, however, that I am
> really SCARED
> > to retire! I would like to hear from those of you who did retire
> after thirty
> > years--any regrets? Sorry you didn't do it sooner? Any advice?
> What did
> > you do when the end of August rolled around and another year
> started and you
> > were not part of it?
> >
> > I am really feeling conflicted about this retirement issue,
> especially when
> > people ask me what I am going to DO with all of my "free" time.
> Is there life
> > beyond teaching?
> >
> > Looking forward to thoughts and insights from all of you.
> >
> > Irene
> >
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