By Dawn Bormann
Shawnee Mission NEA President Nancy Fritz is among more than 127 employees retiring this year.
She signed the irrevocable retirement incentive that offers veteran employees a financial incentive to retire. Fritz said it was a hard decision but like many district employees who were close to retirement, she had to stop and consider that offers like this don’t often come along in education.
“I’m ready,” she said. “It’s hard to leave but I’m excited for all the new things that are coming into the district.”
She offered praise for Superintendent Jim Hinson for his attention on people. “I think Dr. Hinson is doing a wonderful job,” she said. “He focuses on kids and teachers.”
Fritz started as a sixth-grade teacher at Tomahawk Elementary right out of college. Since then she’s taught third and second grades, preschool and served as a librarian at Highlands Elementary and SM East.
Fritz has worked 32 years for the district. She learned a great deal during her time as the Shawnee Mission NEA president. “I wish I knew then what I know now as far as teaching and just relationships and how to advocate not only for myself but for my students,” she said.
Fritz has one year left in her term and said it’s time for a new leader to step up this spring during elections.
“There’s going to be a lot of changes,” she said. “I would encourage anybody to run. It’s been a real growing experience for me.”