Tom DeWeerd Announces Retirement

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P R E S S   R E L E A S E

Date: September 11, 2015 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Dr. Peter Gretz, Assistant Superintendent of Business Operations pgretz@glnd.k12.va.us  |  (804) 314-1017  |  @glndschools www.glnd.k12.va.us

Headline:        LONG-STANDING GOOCHLAND SCHOOL LEADER ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

When Tom DeWeerd looks back on his 36 years in public education, the word that comes first to his mind is, “rewarding.”

“While I feel tremendous pride in having been a part of preparing so many students for their future endeavors,” DeWeerd commented, “it is a true gift to have learned so much from them over the years.”

This is exactly how so many of his colleagues feel about their work with Mr. DeWeerd, describing him as a knowledgeable, kind and generous leader who has helped innumerable young educators navigate the challenges of leadership.

Tom DeWeerd, currently the Director of Technology and School Administration, has been with the Goochland County Public Schools for 21 years and a resident of the county for 18 years. He began his education career immediately upon graduating from Rutgers University in 1979. After several years teaching English in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, DeWeerd came to Virginia in 1986, where he taught at Varina High School in Henrico County for the next five years.

Tom DeWeerd, GCPS Director of Technology & School Administration, is retiring after 36 years in education.

He left the classroom in 1991, assuming the roles of assistant principal and Director of Vocational Education in Hopewell and Prince George, respectively. He came to Goochland as principal of Goochland High School in 1995, where he remained for five years before assuming district-level leadership as a Director. Over the past 16 years he has held a variety of leadership positions, serving as Director of Technology, Career & Technical Education, Secondary Education and Administration.

“Tom DeWeerd has been an integral part of the leadership of this school division for a very long time,” superintendent Dr. James Lane remarked after the board officially accepted the retirement letter. “While I personally congratulate him on a long overdue break from an extensive career, we will miss his spirit and his expertise terribly.”

When asked about his plans during retirement, Mr. DeWeerd’s thoughts go toward his family. He has been married to his wife, Susan Umidi, for 38 years. They have two daughters, both graduates of the Goochland County Public Schools, and three grandchildren. He thoroughly enjoys his role as “Pop-Pop” and looks forward to more time with them.

DeWeerd, left, works on a project with Director of CTE, Bruce Watson.

The Goochland County School Board approved DeWeerd’s retirement during its regularly-scheduled business meeting October 13th. His retirement is effective February 1st, though he intends to remain a part of the leadership on a part-time basis for at least the remainder of the 2015-16 school year.

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