JoAnn Boyd and Kathy Montgomery were honored on Friday with a retirement luncheon at the Buffalo Island Central Junior High School. They were honored by family and friends.
Boyd and Montgomery are teachers in the Buffalo Island Central School District.
Mrs. Boyd teaches junior high school business classes and serves as junior high FBLA Adviser. Mrs. Montgomery teachers FCCLA (formerly home economics) at the junior and senior high level.
A large bulletin board was created with pictures of the two teachers from different years of their careers. The words "Where have the Years Gone" highlighted the board.
Junior High Principal Randy Rose welcomed the guests and thanked the staff for their work in making the reception such a success.
"We are here to honor and say goodbye to two of our staff members, Mrs. Montgomery and Mrs. Boyd," Rose said. "I've been out of school 25 years and they both taught me during my high school years. When I first came here as administrator, Mrs. Boyd asked if she should call me Randy or Mr. Rose. I told her she had earned the right to call me anything she wanted to."
Rose first spoke of Mrs. Montgomery and the life skills that she has taught her students through the years.
"She has a different way of dealing with students. One might say she is way too nice for a teacher. She is one of the most agreeable, pleasant and patient persons I know in the educational field. We do wish her well," Rose said.
Rose thanked Mrs. Boyd for her years of service.
"She has had to learn along with her students to keep up with the new technology through the years. When you teach history, it remains the same, but not business. Almost every job in the workforce will have something to do with what she has taught her students," Rose said.
Mrs. Montgomery thanked everyone for making her job enjoyable through the years.
Mrs. Boyd admitted that she was a little sad to be leaving.
"I will not miss grading papers, summer workshops and keeping up with the technology but I will miss all of you. I want to thank Randy. He has been a great principal and I will miss the faculty. Thank you all for your support. I'll think of you in August. Thank all of you for being so good to our students at BIC," Boyd said.
Debbie Olive read a writing by Erma Bombeck that she changed slightly for her two friends and co-workers entitled "If I Had My Life to Live Over."
"We hope that Kathy and JoAnn will have a wonderful retirement," Olive said.
Both teachers received many nice gifts and cards from their friends and family.
Montgomery has a 29 year career in the educational field. She has taught 28 of those years in the Leachville/BIC School District. She taught her first year (1971) in Swifton before moving to Leachville. She taught at Leachville and when Monette and Leachville consolidated to form Buffalo Island Central, she taught in the junior high several years before taking the position on both campuses.
She and her husband, David Montgomery, live in Lepanto.
Members of Mrs. Montgomery's family present for the reception included her parents, Bob and Lerlene Treece of Paragould. They are retired school teachers. Her sister, Twilla Threm of Wynne who is a business teacher, and her husband, a former agriculture teacher.
Boyd has been a part of business education for 30 years. She is a Monette High School graduate and worked in St. Louis for a while and was a beauty operator before going into the education field in 1970.
She started her teaching career in the Monette. After a three year absence when her children were small, she returned to the classroom in the Ledachville School District in 1975. When Leachville and Monette consolidated in 1984, she remained in Leachville in the junior high school.
Boyd was the first charter FBLA adviser at Monette High School in 1970 and was the first charter adviser for the BIC Junior High FBLA.
Her retirement plans include taking a rest and visiting her grandchildren.
She and her husband, Johnny, have been married for 42 years and have three children and five grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, and daughter-in-law, Tonya Boyd, she was surprised when her daughter Angie MacFarland and children, Reid and Coy, arrived from Hot Springs to join with the well wishers.