McMillan retires after 26 years

Published 12:20 pm Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Longtime Charlotte County multimedia teacher Claudia McMillan has retired.

McMillan was employed with the school division for 26 years and taught many courses, such as advertising design, digital photography and art.

She was also responsible for supervising Statesmen Publishing’s print and design work, in addition to sponsoring the Randolph-Henry High School yearbook.

“I have sponsored yearbooks for 29 years,” McMillan said.

She taught in Surry County for 13 years before working in Charlotte County.

When asked about her decision to retire, McMillan said, “it was just time. I was ready to let some young blood do the yearbook.”

During the 2017 Randolph-Henry graduation ceremony, Principal Robbie Mason honored McMillan and spoke highly of her efforts in the school system.

Mason said she was dedicated to the students, having been an integral part of helping coordinate graduation for probably the last 20 ceremonies.

“I have been lucky to teach some amazing kids and I have laughed so much over the years,” Mcmillan said. “The recognition at graduation was a great memory. I was so touched.”

“Claudia is a master teacher and (was) very loved by her students and colleagues,” said Division Superintendent Dr. Nancy Leonard. “Claudia did so many extra things behind the scenes to make events run smoothly and to create opportunities for her students. She has left such a lasting impression on so many students.”

Looking back, McMillan said she sees an abundance of students who have taught her a great deal over the years.

“I have been lucky to teach in two great counties where I have been proud to say I was a teacher,” McMillan said.

Her plans for retirement include taking time to focus on her art.

“I paint, etch and personalize wine glasses,” she said.

Additionally, she plans to garden, cook and spend more time with her grandchildren.

McMillan’s last day was May 23.