The following North Summit employees will retire at the end of the 2020-2021 school year. We are grateful to each one of them for their dedicated service to our district. We wish them the very best as they enjoy their years of retirement!
Julie Black will be retiring after serving for 35 years in the North Summit School District. She spent 12 years at the High School and 23 years at the District Office. Mrs. Black says, “I have loved working at North Summit. I will cherish all of my friendships and memories forever. I appreciate all of the past and present Board Members for trusting me and giving me this experience and job. I appreciate all of the administrators that I have worked with. Thank you, Sam Blonquist, for hiring me in 1986.” Mrs. Black’s future plans include spending time with her husband and family and doing all kinds of outdoor activities in the sun. Brett Richins will retire after 32 years of service in our district, in teaching and leadership. He has spent the last 12 years as Principal at the Middle School. Mr. Richins “has enjoyed being part of the North Summit School District. My job as a teacher and as an administrator have both been good experiences.” Mr. Richins’ future plans are to farm, construction, travel, and spend time with his family.
Marilyn Blakley will retire after 21 years of service as a Middle School Math teacher. She also taught 4 years at Morgan Middle School. Mrs. Blakley shares her thoughts on retirement as “I am so excited for this stage of life. I can’t believe it’s really here. I want to be able to make the most of every day. Thank you to North Summit School District for some amazing years”. Mrs. Blakley’s future plans include spending time with her family, traveling, staying physically active, and whatever life brings her way.”
Lorraine Mills will retire after 39 years of service as a 2nd Grade teacher. Mrs. Mills said, of her time spent at North Summit, “For the last 39 years, I have been rewarded with teaching and loving hundreds of children. I have made a lot of friends and many memories that I will always cherish. Through the years, I’ve witnessed many changes in the teaching profession, but I can always count on the smile of a child to brighten my day. A special thanks to the North Summit School District and community for your friendship and support.” Mrs. Mills is excited to spend time traveling, be a fulltime grandma, working on their house in Bear Lake, and staying up late at night to read a good book.
Marybeth Judd will retire after 38 years of teaching at North Summit Elementary. She taught 1st grade for four years and Kindergarten for the past 34 years. Mrs. Judd shares her experience, “I have thoroughly enjoyed the many years I have spent wrangling 5 year olds in this school district. Teaching has never really seemed like a ‘job’ to me. I’m not saying it hasn’t been challenging, time consuming, and very frustrating at times. But for 38 years, I can honestly say I have been able to ‘do what I love and love what I do.’ I am honored to have had the chance to touch the lives of so many children. It has been as much a pleasure to learn from them as it has been to teach them. I have been extremely fortunate to have rubbed shoulders with and been mentored by some of the very best. I take with me many fond memories of with students, parents, faculty, and staff. Thank you, North Summit School District, for the positive support you have provided over the years and for the opportunity you have given me to fulfill my goals and dreams. Mrs. Judd’s reply when asked about her future plans, “That’s a good question. One I’m still contemplating myself.”