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WPS Says Farewell to Retiring Staff with a Road Trip Themed Celebration


Watch the slideshow below to see all district retirees including teachers, custodians, technicians and more.

With 23 Westminster Public Schools (WPS) employees retiring this school year, WPS honored their combined 540 years of service with a Retirement Celebration on Monday, May 13 at the City Park Recreation Center in Westminster.

Retirees arrived at the Road Trip themed celebration and were given a large rose boutonniere and invited to enjoy an array of dishes from across the country like New England lobster rolls and Carolina chopped pork, all courtesy of WPS culinary team.

The Westminster High School (WHS) orchestra quartet played throughout the evening as retirees were shown to their table where they each received a customized crystal globe offering, “A World of Thanks” along with a scrapbook where guests could suggest bucket list items and sign their well wishes. Each retiree also received a bouquet of flowers in a mason jar that WHS Horticulture students created.

The 2018-19 year's retirees include:

  • Archie Price (Campus Monitor at Hidden Lake High School)
  • Jo Thompson (Executive Assistant to the Superintendent)
  • Steve Smith (Sprinkler Technician)
  • Thomas McGinn (Custodian at Colorado STEM Academy)
  • Celestino Duran (Custodian at Westminster High School)
  • Verna Cardon (Title I Teacher at Hodgkins Elementary)
  • Bill Lester (Virtual Academy Teacher at Hidden Lake High School)
  • Vicky Kraus (Secretary to the Principal at Hodgkins Elementary)
  • Barbara Isakson (Vision and Hearing Screener)
  • Steven Guest (Utility Repair)
  • Beth Ellis (Classroom Teacher at F.M. Day Elementary)
  • Cathy Hilker (Child Care Assistant at the Early Learning Center)
  • Julie Thompson (Special Services at Hidden Lake High School)
  • Deborah Morris (Special Services Assistant at Fairview Elementary)
  • Brad McGarvey (Math Teacher at Westminster High School)
  • Ken Howerter (Technology Teacher at Scott Carpenter Middle School
  • Robin Krening-Capra (Music Teacher at Shaw Heights Middle School)
  • Christine Greer (Language Arts Teacher at Ranum Middle School)
  • Nydia Irizarry (Educational Interpreter)
  • Patty Slattery (Special Services Assistant at Hodgkins Elementary)
  • Sharon Lindeman (School Nurse Consultant)
  • Rosie Jaramillo (President of the Westminster Education Association)
  • Tom Solis (Head Custodian at Sherrerlwood Elementary)