Snow has been the principal at T.R. Simmons Elementary for the last four years; however, she has spent a total of 29 years at the K-5 public school. But, she’s not exactly ending her occupation as an educator; she will be a reading specialist at Huntingdon College and also in charge of teaching certification in the School of Education.
“This all transpired within the last week. They [Huntingdon College] have been recruiting me since January,” Snow said. “... T.R. Simmons is home. I was principal there for four complete years; this would have started my fifth.”
Snow said the decision was tough to make but that it is a “good” decision.
She received a certificate of appreciation for her years of service and dedication in the city school district during Wednesday night’s board of education meeting.
“As you know, Dr. Snow has announced her retirement. Although we’re happy for her and her new-found profession as professor on the staff at Huntingdon College, we’re very proud of her but we’re also sad to see her leave,” said Interim Superintendent Jean Lollar.
After the meeting was over, Snow hugged board members, coworkers and members of the central office staff as she tried to hold back bittersweet tears.
“It’s the best decision for my family and for myself. It’s a new road, a new adventure,” Snow said, “and I get to work with future teachers and hopefully help them understand the importance of reading and how to teach reading to their future students.”
Snow will begin her “new adventure” Aug. 18 at Huntingdon, the same day local city and county schools start again. During the meantime, Maddox Middle School Assistant Principal Marc Sargent will serve as the elementary’s interim principal until the position is filled.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to be associated with wonderful administrators, teachers, parents and grandparents, and every one of them have made an impact on my life,” Snow said. “I wouldn’t trade a moment. ... But, my husband and I are staying in Jasper and will continue to be involved in the community.”