Sunday, January 29, 2017

How to Retire Joyfully!

Hi SLP Friends!

    Last Friday was the big day.  I managed to leave the building without turning into a blubbering mess, and now am sitting at home reflecting over a glass of wine (maybe a couple of glasses).  For the last two weeks, I've been showered with warm wishes, nice notes, gifts, parties, hugs, and flowers.  After 24 years in the same school, I left--  turned in the key, peeled snapshots of my students off the bulletin board, cleaned out the desk, grabbed my coffee cup.  The retirement has been awesome, and I now have a collection of tips to make yours great too (if you are working as an SLP in the schools)

1.  Make sure you work for a wonderful school.

3. Love the kids, but also appreciate the parents.  "There but for the grace of God go I."

I guess it all comes down to this:  If you find the right school, work with the right team, and love the people with whom you interact, you will love retirement when the time is right.  I leave with no regrets, no bitterness, only happy memories, and am looking ahead to new adventures both in the speech world and in life.  
I WILL continue blogging, by the way, and have a clearer, freer mind to make new materials.  Come back soon!

My hair looks a bit wind swept in the picture, ha ha.  This article was great in that it told the community that we all make a difference in the lives of kids.  That works for me.



  1. Congrats on your retirement and what a wonderful article!

  2. Enjoy your retirement! What a wonderful article about you and the dedication you have to students and our profession. While I do not know you personally, through your blogs I've enjoyed getting to know you and benefit from your wisdom and ideas. I'm glad to hear that you will still be blogging ��
    -Cathy Magold, SLP

  3. Congratulations and enjoy. I did last spring and it is true you get busier after you do.