As the school year comes to an end, PLCC would like to wish two special employees the very best as they have decided to retire from their careers in education. Trish Elliott, Admissions Coordinator, and Nancy Woods, School Counselor, have been a part of the PLCC family for a combined 26 years and will be greatly missed by students and colleagues alike.
Trish Elloitt began her career in 1983 at Springfield High School as an Accounting teacher. In 1992, PLCC took over Springfield’s “vocational” programs and with that transition, Mrs. Elliott came to the Career Center where she has held several roles. She began her twenty-six year tenure as a CBE instructor, which was offered at Green High School. PLCC developed a new program called the Teacher Academy, which Elliott taught, and then moved into her final role as Lead Teacher and Admissions Coordinator. Elliott said the most rewarding part of her career has been getting to work with so many great students over the years and being able to see or hear from past students who are using the skills she taught them. When asked what she will miss most she said, “I will miss the daily interaction with teens. They are so smart and talented!” Elliott is looking forward to not living by a schedule, relaxing on her patio, hopes to do some traveling and lots of bike riding, and looking forward to the arrival of her first grandchild.
Nancy Woods has spent the past 41 years as a counselor. During some of her earlier years, she worked for a counseling agency doing small group counseling in schools and she also worked in private schools for several years. Nancy came to PLCC in 2011. Prior to that she was the School Counselor at Springfield High School for fifteen years. Nancy said what she has found most rewarding is when she is talking with students, whether they are discussing college, career or personal problems. She said it is a great feeling when she reconnects with former students who speak positively about classes or counseling. Nancy said she will miss the students and staff of PLCC, but is looking forward to doing more hiking, yoga, traveling, drawing, and painting.
Congratulations and Best Wishes to our retirees. We will miss you!