Riverside West Elementary honors retiring principal and teacher
Town Crier News Staff
Students, friends and faculty attended a reception on Tuesday, May 21, at the Riverside west elementary honoring retiring principal Pat Pack Cobb and retiring fourth grade teacher Eileen Adams.
Acting superintendent Gale Yates presented each with a clock from the school district. The teachers presented Ms. Cobb with a quilt made by Mrs. John Drake. The quilt featured the names of all of the teachers.
Ms. Adams was presented a slide for her slide bracelet from the teachers.
The elementary students presented them with ornaments for their gardens along with hand-made cards with personal messages wishing them well in retirement and thanking them for their service.
Cobb has been part of the Riverside School System for many years. She graduated from Lake City High School in 1957. After graduation she married Roland Cobb.
The Cobb had three children when Mrs. Cobb decided to return to college. While attending college, she had child number four. She graduated from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro in May of 1972.
Upon graduation, she served as secretary/librarian at Dixie Elementary School.
During the 1973-74 school year, Cobb started the first kindergarten program at Dixie.
In 1975 she put together the first kindergarten program at Lake City.
She taught kindergarten for three years before serving as high school and elementary librarian.
She has served as Riverside elementary Principal for the past 12 years.
Cobb earned BSE and MSE degrees in early childhood education, certification in library science and elementary administration.
She plans to rest and enjoy time with her family. She said she will take one day at a time and do what she feels like doing.
She has enjoyed her years working with children.
"The only thing I haven't done at school is drive a bus. I worked at serving lunch, putting on plays, cleaning, and working with students in kindergarten through the 12th grade," she said.
Cobb recalled how much fun the Class of 1979-80 had putting on the play "MASH."
"We had such a good time doing that," she said.
Mrs. Cobb said the worst thing is dealing with irate parents not knowing the other side of the story.
"They usually feel differently when they leave," she said.
She will miss the students. As she looks back, she realized she has many of the parents of the students she has now.
Eileen Adams is retiring with 34 years of teaching.
She, too, is a graduate of Lake City High School. She graduated in 1960 and married Maurese Adams after graduation. After having her two children, she decided to go to college. She started to Arkansas State College in January of 1964. She graduated and completed her degree in January of 1968. She then began working on her Masters Degree.
She began teaching at Dixie in the fall of 1968. She taught for one year there before going to Greene County Tech where she taught for eight years. The remaining 23 years have been at Riverside where she now teaches the fourth grade. She spent most of her career teaching fifth grade.
Her plans for retirement include resting, reading, gardening and spending time with her family.
She will miss her co-workers.
"We have had a great working relationship and had lots of fun together. I have enjoyed teaching. Every day is different. There is never a boring time at school," she said.