Each year, Centerburg says goodbye to the current seniors. But they aren’t the only ones to go. Centerburg also says goodbye to the retiring members of the faculty.
Marsha DeWinter, will have experienced both in her lifetime. DeWinter graduated from Centerburg in 1976 and went on to graduate from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Teaching wasn’t her first choice, though.
“My desire to be a teacher was not some profound reason about changing the lives of children,” DeWinter said. “At that point in my young adult life, I really didn’t know what I wanted to do; education seemed safe to me, so I went for it. I did consider social work in a hospital setting, but after a semester at Capital University, I knew I wasn’t cut out for inner city experiences, so I came home.
“It was after my first few years of teaching that I knew I had chosen the right path and had landed in the perfect place.”
After spending so long here, DeWinter still isn’t sure what she’ll do after she retires.
“First, I will probably panic when everyone returns to school in the fall, and I have no place to go!” she said. “Perhaps I’ll drive around the parking lot!”
DeWinter may be gone, but the impact she has left on Centerburg will last a lifetime.
“Words can’t adequately capture the positive impact that Mrs. DeWinter has had on Centerburg Schools during her 34-year career here,” Elementary Principal John Morgan said. “She has been a relentless advocate for her students and has always been willing to go the extra mile, or two if needed, to ensure that her students were successful in
every endeavor. When you look at all that she has meant to Centerburg Schools for the duration of her career, it goes without saying that her shoes will be difficult to fill.
“Centerburg is a better place because Mrs. DeWinter was a part of it.”
DeWinter said she will miss her experiences teaching and won’t forget her students.
“My students were and always will be ‘my kids,’” DeWinter said. “I’ve seen so many things come and go in teaching and can tell you now that the reason I wanted to be a teacher had to be very simple … it’s me; it’s what I love! Who wouldn’t want to have a captive audience listen to all your stories?”
By Nate Smith
Media & Opinion Editor