Eleven retirees honored by SSISD
From Staff Reports

May 27, 2005 - Eleven longtime employees of the Sulphur Springs Independent School District were honored for their years of service to the district at a retirement reception Wednesday.

The 11 represented a combined 187 years of service to the district and almost 250 years in public education.

Those honored Wednesday were Marynell Bryant, Dial Moffat, Suzy Moffat, Brenda Ashby, Martha Franklin, Sarah Smith, Barney Strawn, Tom young, Dennis Tomlin and Cherry Wells.

Marynell Bryant has 35 years of experience in public education, all with SSISD. She began her teaching career in 1970 teaching journalism and sophomore English. She has overseen the production of countless editions of “Cat’s Tale,” the Sulphur Springs High School newspaper, as well as 32 yearbooks, and also launched “Wildcat TV” in 1992. She has coached six University Interscholastic League state champions and 30 state UIL qualifiers, and both “Cat’s Tale” and the yearbook have won “Tops in Texas” honors. Bryant is also an “Outstanding Journalism Alumni” at Texas A&M University-Commerce and one of 75 “Texas Journalism Legends.”

Dial Moffat has spent 16 of his 25 years in public education at SSISD. He came to Sulphur Springs from Rockwall in 1989. “The rest is history,” was the comment made at the reception.

Suzy Moffatt has also spent 16 of her 33 years in education at SSISD. She taught special education in Garland, Malakoff and Rockwall before coming to Sulphur Springs. In 1989 she began teaching English and debate, as well as working in the CCP lab at SSHS. In 1999 she moved to the Alternative Learning Academy and began working with the most troubled students in the district.

Brenda Ashby has worked at SSISD for 17 of her 25-year career in education, starting at Sulphur Springs Middle School in 1980 at the snack bar. In 1984 she became custodian at SSHS and finished her service at the Sulphur Springs Higher Education Center.

Martha Franklin has spent 16 years in education at Bowie Elementary and Douglas Intermediate schools. She started at Bowie as a Title I aide before moving to Douglas in 1991 as a library aide. She worked in Content Mastery in the 1997-1998 school year but then returned to the library the following year, where she has remained until the present.

Sarah Smith’s 24 years as a teacher have all been with SSISD. She was a substitute for 10 years before beginning her teaching career. She has taught reading at the middle school and worked in the gifted and talented program. She helped start and taught in the Strings program, and also helped develop the Dyslexia Reading Program at SSMS, and is currently teaching in that area.

Barney Strawn has worked at Sulphur Springs Middle School for 23 years as a custodian. He was employed at Pottsboro ISD before coming to Sulphur Springs.

Tom Young spent 17 years at Rivercrest and Rockwall schools before coming to SSISD 16 years ago. He was a football and track coach at Rivercrest and coach and counselor in Rockwall for 13 years. He continued to serve students as a coach and counselor at SSISD.

Dennis Tomlin coached in the Plainview-Snyder area for 20 years before coming to Sulphur Springs. He has been in SSISD for the past eight years.

Cherry Wells was looking for something “exciting” to do after retiring from Sears, so she became a cashier at Austin Elementary School. She is now retiring for a second time after 17 years at Austin.

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