As the school year draws to an end, most teachers look toward the summer as a chance to regroup, refresh and rejuvenate. Bonnie Inmon and Nancy Snyder get to reflect on their combined 65 years of educating Hernando County children as they ponder what their future holds.
Both women celebrated their retirement on Tuesday at a special luncheon held in the media center at Spring Hill Elementary where they began their teaching careers.
“This will be the first time since we were 5 that we won’t be going back to school,” said Nancy Snyder.
Snyder taught second and fourth grade for 25 years before going out to teach reading to the entire district, helping educators better prepare their students. But she kept an office at Spring Hill Elementary, the school where she got her start and never completely left.
Bonnie Inman taught first grade for 23 years and second grade for the remainder of her 35 years, all in a Spring Hill Elementary classroom. She will miss her students and the positive impact she hopes she made on them, she said.
“Some of my students I’ve taught their parents,” she said.
Inmon’s departure will be bittersweet since she will also leave behind her son, Richard, a fifth-grade teacher at Spring Hill for 10 years. Both were recipients of Teacher of the Year.
Both Inmon and Snyder impacted the school system and certainly Spring Hill Elementary where they bonded when the atmosphere was much different from today.
“It’s like a family here,” said Snyder. “We have a very strong staff and a strong PTA.”
Their years in the system brought significant changes as teachers were forced to learn technology that is standard today. And they laughed at the learning curve as they struggled to get onboard.
Synder’s para-professionals, who both went on to earn teaching degrees and became teachers at Spring Hill, told stories about Snyder’s difficulties with computers.
Inmon fared better since her son, Richard, was technical and helped his mother through the difficult part of learning that skill.
The celebration was bittersweet for their colleagues who knew they would not see Snyder and Inmon at the end of summer.
But for the two women, the reality hadn’t yet sunk in.
“I’ve been told by my friends who have retired that the first day of school is the hardest,” said Snyder. “But all of them have survived it.”
Email Hernando Today correspondent Kim Dame at firstname.lastname@example.org.