"Retirement may be an ending, a closing, but it is also a new beginning." - Catherine Pulsifer.
Eastwood will be wishing one of her own a fond farewell this week, as attendance clerk Vanessa Clifford retires after spending the last five years of her 20-year career at Eastwood.
Clifford, who graduated from Eastwood High School in 1972 and has been the scheduling clerk at Eastwood since 2009, has finally decided that it is time to retire. "I've been in the schools for 20 years, and I just thought it was time to call it quits," Clifford said. "I plan to take care of my parents and go camping often in Cloudcroft, New Mexico."
Reflecting on her time here, Clifford shared a few of her favorite memories. "Pep rallies were my best memories of school, and I'm really going to miss them. They remind me of when I was younger and attended Eastwood," she said. "My least favorite memory would probably be the fire drills; I didn't like how we stayed outside for at least twenty minutes in the wind."
"If I could do it all over again differently, I would have gone to Sul Ross University in Alpine, Texas," Clifford confessed. "I encourage every student to go to college right after they graduate high school. I'm also going to miss seeing kids every year on the first day of school," She added. "It's exciting to see incoming freshman enthusiastic and energetic and eager to be entering high school."
"I'm going to miss her sweet, kind heart," counselor's clerk Corrine Forisha said, on the verge of tears. "She's been so kind to students and faculty." Doug Antrim, special education teacher, said, "She has a good sense of humor, she's very sweet and has the answers to all the questions." Another teacher, Nancy Anthes said, "Mrs.Clifford is very helpful, she's always reminding teachers when grades are due, she's very caring toward students and faultily, she always sends us nice little reminders." From attending and working at Eastwood her entire life, it is time to say goodbye and good luck on the new journey after retirement. "Eastwood will suffer a great loss when Mrs. Clifford leaves," Jon Stovall, English and journalism teacher said. "Her patience, diligence, and unfailing politeness in the face of the chaos of a big American high school in the middle of a rapidly changing digital age is a thing to be envied. We have our work cut out for us to find another Vanessa Clifford."