The Edmond Sun

May 25, 2013

Schools lose teachers to retirement

Patty Miller
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — St. Mary’s Episcopal School will be saying good-bye to Headmaster Nancy Hetherington. Hetherington will be leaving after serving the school, which contains grades kindergarten through eighth-grade for the past 30 years. Pamela Docktor will begin next school year as headmaster.

Connie Westof and Billye Palmer also will be retiring from St. Mary’s School. Westof has been in education for 30 years with the last 23 years at St. Mary’s. Palmer also has been teaching for 30 years with the past 23 years at St. Mary’s.

Deer Creek Public School District will have numerous changes in the classroom as well as in administrative positions for the 2013-14 school term, but only two will be from retirements.

Ann Thompson and Deborah Vaughn both left the system at the beginning of the school year. Thompson was a counselor at Deer Creek High School. She had spent a total of 27 years in education. Five of those years had been in other school districts and the past 22 years had been in the Deer Creek School District. Vaughn retired as a classroom teacher at Deer Creek Grove Valley Elementary. She had spent the past five years in the Deer Creek School District and 17 years in other school districts.

Linda Catania at Oklahoma Christian Schools said the school’s Interim Headmaster Roger Webb was leaving and in his place Al King from Crossings Community School will be taking over headmaster duties on July 1.

Headmaster King will be taking over the job after returning from a one-year stay in Ethiopia.

Connie Faulkner will be retiring from OCS after serving 17 years in education.

Oklahoma Christian Academy and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton both reported no openings due to retirements this year.