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Glenda retires from Portland Shriners Hospital school after 16 years

Glenda retires from Portland Shriners Hospital school after 16 years

Glenda has taught patients from the one-room schoolhouse at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Portland for 16 years, and this week we’re bidding her farewell as she embarks on retirement!

“When I first got off the elevator here 16 years ago, I knew instantly that the Portland Shriners Hospital was a special place,” said Glenda. “I thought, 'This is it! I’m going to retire from here one day.'” At the Portland Shriners Hospital, Glenda has spent her time providing individualized instruction to patients who are staying onsite for more than a few days. She works directly with each child’s teacher to make sure they’re working on the same material as their peers so they can pick up right where they left off when they return to school!

Eric, the other teacher in the Portland Shriners Hospital’s school, has worked with Glenda since he joined the team 14 years ago. “I don’t even know how to encapsulate Glenda! Her personality is so huge – sometimes I wonder how it fits into our classroom,” said Eric. “Everything about Glenda is big and bold, and she has a huge heart. I love the atmosphere that Glenda has created in the classroom – so welcoming and loving and fun. I just don’t know how I’m going to replicate that – I’m praying that somehow I can carry the baton in just one small way. I’m so grateful that I had someone to be a role model to me for so long.”

“Glenda has made a huge impact on all the patients that have passed through the school program,” said Susan, a child life specialist at the Portland Shriners Hospital who has worked with Glenda for the past 16 years. “So many kids come back to visit her years later and mention what a positive, fun time they had in the classroom because of her. I’ll miss her energy and positive outlook on everything!”

To reflect that, the room was filled with noise and laughter at her retirement party. In attendance were Glenda’s current and past colleagues, as well as her family. “I’m not retiring,” said Glenda. “I’m refiring! Life is opening a new door for me, filled with other adventures. But, I’ll miss it here.”

Glenda with colleagues at party