“This is my 33rd year in education (29th in WGSD), and it just feels like it’s the right time to retire,” director of student services John M. Thomas said over email.
“I’m so happy for him! Now he will be able to enjoy activities he didn’t have much time to do before,” wife and personal finance teacher Kim Thomas said over email.
“Over Mr. Thomas’s 29 year in the WGSD, he has demonstrated high levels of care for the students and staff of the district. Along with a variety of skills developed through experience and training, Mr. Thomas’s calming demeanor has helped ease many heightened situations and provided tremendous support to people in need. He will be missed!” superintendent John Simpson said over email.
“At this point in time I don’t have any firm plans. My wife and I do like to travel so we’ll continue to do that, especially as we get beyond the pandemic,” J. Thomas said over email.
“I’ll miss the buzz and activity level of being around students. Also I’ll miss seeing a lot of my colleagues at WGHS and throughout the district on a regular basis,” J. Thomas said over email.
“I have a number of home improvement projects that I’ll work on and I’m sure my wife has a long list in her mind of tasks she’ll want me to complete, J. Thomas said over email.
K. Thomas said that she had no immediate plans to follow her husband into retirement.
“I have a lot of great memories from my time in the district that I will always cherish,” J. Thomas said over email.
This will be Lydia Urice’s first year on ECHO staff, but she made several contributions while taking journalism class her freshman year.
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