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Socorro ISD Retirees get Fond Farewell for Longtime Dedication

Team SISD marked the retirement of several of its employees with a reception just last week, at the District Service Center.

The event included a reception and a formal recognition at the July school board meeting. Socorro Independent School District retirees, their families, Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza, cabinet members and members of the board of trustees were part of the celebration.

“We are here to celebrate you,” said Cynthia Najera, SISD board vice president, addressing the group. “Your contributions are invaluable. Your years of experience and dedication helped build the foundation of this district.”

Retirees mingled and greeted one another and administrators while enjoying appetizers and music at the reception.

“This is nice,” said Rafael Amaro, a retired SISD police officer. “I really love this district. I loved my job. I loved working with the kids. I miss it.”

Amaro was a district employee for 16 years. As a police officer, he walked the hallways of every SISD school during his career. His last school was Col. John O. Ensor Middle.

“It was time to retire,” he said. “The funny thing is I still wake up at the same hour I used to wake up to get ready for work. I was treated so good here. Everywhere I go, I always brag about Socorro ISD. It’s my district. It’s my family. I will never forget it.”

For Joyce Zarowski, 38 years was a good number to retire on. She plans to spend time with her grandchildren, two great grandchildren and her mother, who just turned 90. She also plans to take good care of herself, eating better, exercising and relaxing.

“I wanted to spend some quality time with my mother for as long as I am able and my grandchildren,” Zarowski said. “I am doing some consulting work. So, I am not bored.”

SISD is the only district Zarowski has ever worked for. She retired as a director of human resources but held numerous jobs, including bilingual teacher, instructional specialist, assistant principal and principal.

“SISD is very much like El Paso,” Zarowski said. “It’s a very large small family. Just like El Paso is a very large small town. Everyone knows each other. Everyone loves each other. It’s like a family We are there to care for one another, support each other. I just felt very comfortable. I felt respected.”

To view pictures of the event, click HERE.

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