Chesterfield County Public Schools honors 300-plus retirees

Chesterfield County Public Schools celebrated and honored more than 300 Team Chesterfield members retiring at the end of this school year. To honor their service, the school system hosted a retirement reception and ceremony.


“On behalf of the Chesterfield County School Board, I want to thank all of our retirees for their service to Chesterfield County Public Schools. Their work has helped us become a leader in public education within Virginia and a school division that others across the country seek to model,” said Dr. Javaid Siddiqi, chair of the Chesterfield County School Board. “As teachers, support staff members and leaders, our team members are responsible for more than just the old-age education basics of reading, writing and arithmetic. They care for, cajole and encourage our students every day. Chesterfield County Public Schools is a better place because of their service.”

In total, the 315 retirees have worked more than 6,900 years for Chesterfield County Public Schools and represent all aspects of the school system. Some of the retiring employees have dedicated decades of their professional life to Chesterfield County Public Schools, including:

  • Charlotte Carr, a bus driver, 46 years of service in Chesterfield County Public Schools
  • Linda Evans, Gates Elementary secretary, 46 years of service in Chesterfield County Public Schools
  • Dagmar Shaw, a manager for Food Services, 42 years of service in Chesterfield County Public Schools
  • Betsy Ameen, Swift Creek Middle teacher, 40 years of service in Chesterfield County Public Schools
  • Phillip Sword, Assistant Director of Human Resources, 40 years of service in Chesterfield County Public Schools

“Congratulations to our retirement Class of 2017! We are so thankful for everything they have done to support our students, schools and community,” said Superintendent Dr. James Lane. “The 315 retirees have taught our children well. They have helped our students make good choices and been there to support them when they needed help. They have provided our students nutritious meals in clean facilities and gotten them to and from school safely each day. We thank each of them for the role they have played in our students’ lives, and we wish them nothing but the best in their retirement.”

The retirement event began with a reception, then moved to the auditorium for remarks by the School Board Chair and Superintendent. Each retiree was called forward individually to be personally thanked by School Board members and to receive a small gift. The event was catered by Career and Technical Center @ Hull students studying culinary arts and baking and was sponsored in part by VALIC.