2020-21 Retirements

Best wishes for our 2020-21 Bulldog retirees! 


PAUL RHODES Paul Rhodes Retirement
Mr. Paul Rhodes served our school district as a custodian from July 2014 until October 2020. He most recently worked at McMillan Early Learning Center. Paul’s last day with our district was on Friday, October 10.
 
Rebecca Moppin worked with Paul at McMillian. She shared, ''The perfect trio of words to define Mr. Paul, as he is known to students, is loving, patient, and kind. I always knew I could count on him and sometimes he would even help with my out-of-the-box ideas - like hauling all of the water hoses out and over the top of the building just to make special event days for students happen with ease. Mr. Paul was more to me than the 'school custodian,’ he was a partner and a vital component to making the building, ideas, and memories for students, staff, and myself. He was always quick to take the initiative to do or make something for the building that would be special or make things easier for someone. His interaction with the classes through the Clean Sweep messages on the whiteboards was something students looked forward to - he would personalize the messages - they loved that. In his time with me at our building, he WAS our building. He was a staple and a foundation that students, and staff, knew they could count on. I wish him all the best!” 
 
Bill Weldon, MHS custodian, recalled that Paul always had post-it notes on him. If the custodial staff was moving items or cleaning rooms, Paul would be certain to write things like “outlet” on a post-it note and stick it on the wall, way up high, so when the furniture was hiding the outlet, the custodians could still find it! Paul is organized and prepared!
 
Paul made the decision to retire so he can take care of his wife, Joanna, who is awaiting a kidney transplant. Paul and Joanna are the parents of three sons: Michael, Jonathan, and Justin. They are also the proud grandparents of Elora Williams. 
 


LORRAINE ALLEN Lorraine Allen Retirement
We would like to wish Mrs. Lorraine Allen a very happy retirement! Lorraine recently served as the Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent. As a staff member since 2012, she also worked as the Mexico Middle School Attendance Secretary and Mexico Middle School Secretary to the Principal. Her last day with our school district was on October 2. 
 
Lorraine plans to spend retirement traveling, visiting family, and seeing America with the goal of enjoying a simpler life. 
 
Amanda Rowe worked with Lorraine during her time with Mexico Middle and shared, “Welcome to retirement! You deserve this time to find every opportunity you can to dance in the rain. When I think of you as a person, coach, leader, family, and co-worker I found this quote, which I feel suits you quite well: To me, being successful means being a kind, genuine, good-hearted, open-minded person. You, Lorraine, have been very successful. You have many coworkers that are very appreciative for the opportunity to have worked with you, myself included. Your ability to see situations from many different perspectives is unique. You live life not waiting for storms to pass, but learning how to dance in the rain. Your positive attitude is very contagious and genuine. Best wishes on your new adventures and the storms you learn to enjoy. You, Lorraine, have been very successful. You have many coworkers that are very appreciative for the opportunity to have worked with you, myself included. Your ability to see situations from many different perspectives is unique. You live life not waiting for storms to pass, but learning how to dance in the rain. Your positive attitude is very contagious and genuine. Best wishes on your new adventures and the storms you learn to enjoy.” 
 
Deb Haag also shared that Lorraine is the definition of good people! “From her smile to her phenomenal organizational skills she is one of the reasons #MakingMindsStronger became ingrained in the culture of the middle school.  She believes in kids and grown-up, supporting them through her positivity and creative solutions.  Lorraine was more than a co-worker, she was a dear friend and Mexico Public Schools was a better place because of her constant desire for improvement and insight.”
 
Lorraine is married to Gary Allen, and they are proud parents of: Jess, Natalie, and Jared Allen; Matt and Chris Stembridge; two amazing daughters-in-law, Melissa and Kendy, and twelve grandchildren. They also love their big white Siberian Husky, Kye!