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Frederick County schools will be losing two veteran educators to retirement at the end of this school year.
WINCHESTER, VA (Catholic Online) - Carolyn Maccubbin, principal at Armel Elementary School, and Mark Whittle, principal at Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School, are planning to retire at the end of the school year, on June 30.
Maccubbin became an elementary school teacher in Winchester in 1971, thus starting her education career. Joining the Frederick County division in 2004 as the assistant principal at Armel, Maccubbin rapidly moved up as principal of the school in a single year.
"I am looking forward to this retirement, to have time with family, do some traveling, and volunteering in the community," Maccubbin said. "So I'd say those things I'm looking forward to, but the part of it is I truly enjoy the work I've been a part of in Frederick County in the school system, and I'm not planning to walk away totally from education. I want to continue being involved in some way as well, because I know there's always a need for that extra set of hands."
A graduate of James Wood High School, Whittle began his career in 1977 as an English teacher at Frederick County Middle School. In 1995, Whittle joined James Wood Middle School and served four years as the administrative assistant to both the assistant principal and principal. In 1999, Whittle took over as principal at Frederick County Middle School. Whittle was named the first principal at Byrd Middle School when it opened in 2004.
Both educators say they are going to miss working with the teachers, progression of the staff, and, of course, the children and parents.
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