Retirees honored for years of service

Over 350 members of Team HISD praised for dedication to Houston’s children

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Teachers, principals, and district support staff retiring from HISD were honored for their years of service at a special ceremony on May 11. More than 350 members of Team HISD are choosing to retire this school year. Many, like Madesta Lily, have served the district and its children for decades.

“I have worked for HISD for 46 years and have taught at three campuses,” said Lily. “Education has been my passion and so have the students, but it’s time now for me to hang up my hat.”

HISD Chief Academic Officer Grenita Lathan praised the group for the impact they have made on the lives of countless children, but she also challenged them. “We still need you and so do the students,” said Lathan. “If you can, volunteer, read to our students, continue to spend time with them, tutor them, and share your wealth of knowledge.”

For most retirees, relaxation and travel are on the horizon. “I am looking forward to going to the gym and spending time with my grandbaby,” said Gloria Salazar, who is retiring after 40 years with the district, many as a principal. “Oh, and maybe now I will have time to finally clean out my closets.”