Martha Boyd has been teaching in the Lebanon Special School District for more than 25 years. When school ends next week, the Castle Heights Elementary School third-grade teacher will retire.
A retirement celebration was held Monday at the school for co-workers and community members to celebrate the occasion with Boyd. In addition to fellow Castle Heights teachers and school principal Terry Trice, two special guests came to join in the day.
Jackie Miller and her daughter, Hope, both enjoyed the pleasure of being students in Boyd's class. Jackie said she was Boyd's student when she was a third-grade math teacher at Byars Dowdy Elementary School. Her daughter is currently in Boyd's third-grade homeroom class.
"I had her for her first class at Byars Dowdy, and Hope had her for her last class at Castle Heights. I think that is pretty neat. It's an honor that [Hope] got to have someone that I had when I was in school."
Boyd said she spent 22 years as a teacher for Byars Dowdy and has spent the last two years at Castle Heights.
"Someone in my family has been with the Lebanon Special School District since 1956," said Boyd.
She said she spent some time with the Central Office in between her teaching years and also taught a year in Mt. Juliet.
"There have been a lot of changes, but all have been good," she said.
Trice said Boyd is the only teacher in the school system to retire this year.
"We want to celebrate. We congratulate you and the service you have given to Lebanon Special School District and to Castle Heights," Trice told Boyd.
Boyd said her retirement plans are "to do a lot of volunteering in various areas, and I would like to get to travel."