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Home | News | Newly Retired SISD Employees Honored for Their Dedication, Service

Newly Retired SISD Employees Honored for Their Dedication, Service

The Socorro Independent School District honored employees who retired in 2017-2018 at a reception and with a recognition at the July 2018 board meeting.

Superintendent José Espinoza, Ed.D., district leadership and SISD board members were at the event to offer their thanks and congratulations. The employees were presented with a framed portrait and a collage of photos to commemorate their time in Team SISD, along with a lifetime pass to any SISD sporting event.

“We are Team SISD because of our amazing employees like the ones we have here,” Espinoza said at the reception. “We can’t thank you enough. Without you, we would not be where we are. You all have made this possible.”

Many of the employees said they were ready to retire, but they will miss the camaraderie with their peers and with students.

“I miss the fun times with my students,” said Martina Morgan, who retired after 29 years of teaching. “I love the look they had when they understood an assignment or the time spent doing projects. I miss all that.”

Morgan, an English Language Art and Reading (ELAR) teacher, taught at SSG Manuel R. Puentes Middle for the last two years. She helped open Montwood High, William D. Slider Middle and El Dorado High schools.

She said now she can focus more on volunteering at her son’s school. She also mentors future teachers pursuing alternative certification at the University at Texas at Permian Basin.

“When you teach, your kids are your students,” Morgan said. “Now I can spend my time with my child. I am really enjoying retirement.”

Jose S. Benitez, who worked 15 years as a security guard for the district, said that while he’ll miss his colleagues and the students, he plans to find new ways to occupy his time.

“I have worked all my life. I miss my friends and I miss the kids. They used to come say hi to me, hug me and talk to me,” he said. “This is a new life for me. I will enjoy it.”

To view more pictures from the event, click here.

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