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Five Retire with the Class of 2021
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Friday, June 11, 2021

Marianne Angel has been in education 32 years, spending 30 years in the SMJUHSD with her final five years teaching French at Pioneer Valley

 Among her favorite memories are summers spent with students traveling in France/Italy/Spain/UK, teaching about French art then going to see the works at the Louvre or Monet's garden in person highlighted by witnessing the wonder of young minds seeing and experiencing fabulous places firsthand for the first time.

 I will l miss seeing kids having fun with French: playing games, singing, doing skits and conversations, sharing cheese tastings, crepe making, and experiencing students going from non-speakers to actually being able to communicate in French! The miracle of the human mind to learn language never ceases to amaze me.

In retirement, I expect to spend more time in France (speaking lots of French!), travel to other places as well, learn Italian, and spend time with family and friends here and abroad. 

What a wonderful blessing it has been to be a teacher!  

Denny McKee leaves not only a legacy of dedication to Special Education students but has instilled a love for the garden in many PV students.  His project has produced countless tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, berries and many others.  He is proud of to have weathered the storm of the pandemic and very proud of his students who will graduate today.

Roger McCoy  Having been in education for 20 years, the last three have been spent at PV. He was previously employed in the Victor Valley UHSD and Riverside County SELPA and school district.   

He will miss the people and students here most. “I love being a small part of the fabric that makes up the culture of this school. I appreciate everyone here. You are all terrific professionals and good people.”

In retirement, he and his wife Karen will be leaving the Central Coast and moving to Joplin, MO where they have purchased a home to near family. Traveling and fishing will be at the top of the activities list for Roger in retirement. 

Tony Ramos has been a credentialed teacher since 1976 and has been at PVHS since it opened in 2004.  He also worked in Los Angeles USD in 1976 at Franklin HS for 3 years and Marshall HS for 4 years, and Indio HS of the Desert Sands USD for 10 years. Here on the Central Coast, he spent time at SMHS, Santa Ynez HS, Lompoc HS and PVHS.

"I do not know if I can single out a favorite memory from my teaching career but winning a league championship as the Varsity Baseball coach at Marshall HS in 1981 is one of them."

"I will miss building relationships and impacting the lives of students; and, of course, having the opportunity to do the same with the many staff members and colleagues I have met over the years. I will especially miss working with the great PE staff here at PVHS. I will also miss my interactions with the students and staff members who have been a part of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) here at PVHS."

In retirement he plans to help his sons and daughter with their careers and spend more time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. "I also plan to continue to continue working with the Parents on a Mission program in our school district, as I see it as one of the most important programs we have to offer the parents of our community. I will also continue to work in various aspects of Christian ministry, as I have been for the last 40 years. I may even author some books, something that I have long wanted to do."

"I love my job. I always have. It has been a great privilege to be involved in the lives of teens and adults as an educator. I consider myself to be successful because being a teacher has been a part of fulfilling my purpose in life. I am and always will be a teacher. This is just the end of my career in public education. My best days are ahead of me. A huge thank you to all (way too many to name) who have done so much to make my work here at PVHS one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life. I mean that."


Article courtesy of SMJUHSD Public Information Officer

Tami Barnum remembers the good ole’ days in 1979. She used an IBM electric typewriter with typeballs that could be changed for different fonts, floppy disks, punch cards for registration and remembers when ashtrays could be found on desktops. Barnum, who is the administrative assistant to Principal Shanda Herrera, will retire on June 30 after 42 years of service.

“One of the hardest parts about this decision is that the people you spend 40 hours each week with become family, not to mention all the acquaintances and friendships made throughout the district,’’ Barnum said. “There are so many wonderful people who work in our District, many of whom will remain lifelong friends.’’

Throughout the years, Tami has worn many hats. She’s thrived as an instructional aide, switchboard operator, guidance secretary, competency lab technician, administrative assistant, and in other positions – at all four high schools. She’s certainly kept her sense of humor throughout the years, even though many of the funniest memories cannot be put in print. 

Barnum also had the privilege of being the second person hired when PV was preparing to open in 2003. The first year, she and founding principal Dee Ringstead worked at the District Office, but moved to PV in 2004 for the opening. “It has been an absolute thrill to be part of establishing the school and a rewarding way to spend the end of my career,’’ she added.

Barnum’s work ethic has not gone unnoticed. In 2011, she was selected as the Classified School Employee of the Year. The Spanish she learned in junior high, and later in Guatemala as part of the Amigos de las Americas Program, has enabled her to help countless times. “I can say without hesitation that there is no employee at Pioneer Valley that knows the history of this school and its traditions better than Tami,’’ Herrera said. “She is going to be missed and it’s hard to imagine our school without her.”

When the last bell rings for Barnum this summer, she will leave her desk, computer, school radio, campus bells and all the other electronic gadgets, for the next dedicated worker with a big heart. “I never dreamed when I started as a classroom aide, that I would spend the next forty-two years in the District,’’ said Barnum, adding her daughter graduated as a Panther and her mother retired as a bookkeeper from the District in 1986. “Honestly, it has flown by. I have some trips planned between now and the end of the year with Hawaii being the most immediate. On the bucket list is an Alaskan cruise and a trip to Portugal. Scrapbooking and gardening are my favorite pastimes and I have many projects awaiting me. And many friends already in the retirement club can’t wait for me to join them for playdates.’’


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