Sam Rayburn ISD this week bid farewell to Linda Brewer and Terry Gann as they headed into retirement.
“Recognizing the retirement of these two wonderful ladies is bittersweet,” said the school online. “We will miss seeing their faces on campus but are so excited for them to have the opportunity to begin a new chapter in their lives.”
Linda Brewer is retiring after 47 years in education, with all but one year at Sam Rayburn Elementary. Mrs. Brewer first taught second grade for three years before moving to first grade for nineteen years. She then became the school’s Reading Interventionist. Brewer also managed the Accelerated Reading (AR) program and kept the “AR store” stocked with goodies so that students could spend their reading points. She brought the Box Top program to SR, where for many years, the money raised funded the goodies available in her AR store.
“She organized our award assemblies and made sure that every elementary student’s birthday was recognized in morning announcements and on the birthday board. Unofficially, she was also our baker. Her cookies and cakes were always a treat at our various celebrations. Without a doubt, she will be greatly missed.”
Terry Gann is also retiring this year after 16-years with Sam Rayburn.
“We were blessed to have ‘Mrs. Terry’ as the kids called her, on two separate occasions at SRISD. She wore many hats during her 16 years with us. She began as our Junior High/High School Special Education Aide and eventually added Yearbook Sponsor to her title.”
After some time off, Gann came back to the school as a Kindergarten Aide, then part of the Cafeteria Staff, and is now retiring as an Elementary Special Education Aide. For the last five years, her day began extra early to deliver the special needs students to Bonham.
“No doubt that she will enjoy sleeping in a little later during her retirement! Mrs. Terry is a super hard worker who loves to laugh. She will also be greatly missed.”