On June 7, 2017 Federal Way Public Schools (FWPS) held the first annual retirement celebration to honor its retirees. The retirees in attendance at the event collectively contributed over 570 years of dedicated service to our scholars, families and the community.
The certificated and classified retirees in attendance represent the dedicated people it takes to ensure a bright future for every scholar. The celebration honored the service of principals, teachers, career and technical educators, custodians, paraeducators, counselors, office managers, library assistants, I/LAP interventionists, general music specialists, librarians, front desk receptionists, information technology coordinators, kitchen staff and bus drivers.
Retirees enjoyed dinner and musical performances by scholar Michela Walker, the Totem Middle School Wind Ensemble, and a poetry reading by scholar Sam Shoemaker.
During welcome remarks, Dr. Tammy Campbell, FWPS superintendent, reinforced that educators and support staff hold the power to change the lives of every scholar.
One scholar shared the difference a staff member made in her life when she shared, "My teacher helped me in math because she told me to try it again and never give up."
Other student stories demonstrated how retiring staff are effective, caring, culturally competent teachers, leaders and staff — pillar three of the district strategic plan.