Each year, our ASH community says “tot ziens” to staff, students and parents as they leave our community to embark upon new life adventures. We also celebrate and honor our retirees for all they have done during their time at ASH. Tim, a 2022 retiree, reflects on his ASH experience during his 15 years as part of the elementary school community.
How long have you been at ASH, and at what capacity?
I am wrapping up my 15th year at ASH and as the principal of the Early Childhood Center and the Upper Elementary, more formally known as the Elementary School.
How does it feel to be in your final year at ASH?
It is a bitter/sweet time as my life, as a professional educator for 41 years, will change dramatically. These past few years, with so many things related to the pandemic and the significant impact Covid has had on our lives, both at school and at home, has made these times challenging for sure. I'm sure I will feel more of the "reality of retirement" once August rolls around and my daily life/routines will no longer be driven by a school calendar/schedule.
What are some stand out memories or moments for you during your career?
There are numerous "stand out" moments that pop out over the years. Some of them include the planning, building and opening of the ECC as part of the school-wide campus expansion at ASH. Others are more simple, like when I chauffeured Sinter Klaas into the ECC on my scooter, or reading stories to students in their classrooms, at read aloud times or in assemblies. I had the opportunity to work at several of the same schools with my wife and to have our own children have the great teaching and learning experiences that were happening at each of those fine schools. Also, and humbly said, was the honor of being identified as a National Distinguished Principal by the National Association of Elementary School Principals in 2018, while working at ASH.
Are there any students or colleagues that a lasting impact on your time at ASH?
I am who I am, in part, due to a number of colleagues, students and parents who have helped me continue in my learning and growth journey while at ASH. Whether it's been a knee grasping hug from one of our youngest, a painful "high five" from a fourth grader or the upbeat and cheerful greeting and smile from an adult, the connection with others, the relationships built and the connections made, all contribute to experiences and the warmth of the memories.c Thanks to each of you for your partnership in continuing to craft this "principal under construction".
What will you miss the most about ASH?
The passion and dedication of so many fine professionals who want to make a difference in the lives of those entrusted to their care, even if just for 180 school days. Those who see their work as more than just a job but rather a "calling" to be the best that they can be while continuing to grow and learn. This is what I will miss about my ASH family.
What do you plan to do once you retire?
In 1981, Kathy and I started our professional careers in Anchorage, Alaska. It will be a full circle now that we will begin our retired season of life as we return to Alaska again. Our plan is to spend some months with family who are stationed there in the US Air Force. From there, we plan to purchase a 5th wheel RV and spend time traveling throughout the United States to see and learn more about our home country. We will also really enjoy visiting our families who live in various states, go fishing as well as reading some good books. My new motto will be "Retired, not expired!"
We have a diverse community of students, staff, and families from around the world. Each member of our community brings their own story that enriches the #ASHexperience.