Pinkerton Headmaster Mary Anderson retiring after 39 years
As her days at the high school dwindled, she said she was searching for what to say to the graduates. The Class of 2014 is scheduled to graduate Monday.
It’s understandable she would need time to reflect on her words after a career that spans nearly four decades.
“I came here; I loved it — I just never left,” Anderson said.
Gerald Ford was President when she began as an educator at Pinkerton in 1975. Anderson was hired as a teacher and went on to lead the school’s business department. She became assistant headmaster and was named headmaster in 2003, replacing Bradford Ek.
“My car knows its way here,” she joked.
During her tenure, Anderson said her biggest accomplishment has been to oversee the establishment of Pinkerton’s many diverse programs, such as Adult Education, Career and Technical Education and the honors program.
“We have beautiful buildings here — not to take anything away from that because they are beautiful — but it’s the programming that makes the difference.”
“To me, those notes I will treasure, and I’ve read them a couple of times already,” she said. “I will keep them because that’s what it’s about — it’s all about the kids.”
And then there’s her love of NASCAR and the desire to visit as many race tracks across the country as possible.
“One of the things on my bucket list is to try to make it to every NASCAR track before I die,” she said.
“It’s been an interesting career. I’m going to miss Pinkerton. I’ve been assured that there is always going to be a place for me here, so I’ll be back visiting — I’m sure.”
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