PITTSBURG — After 31 years in education USD 250 Assistant Superintendent Ronda Fincher announced her resignation at USD 250 board meeting on Monday.
Fincher said she is set to retire at the end of the school year, a decision she has been thinking about for six years.
“I want to spend more time with my family … I love to travel, we’ll see what else comes up,” she said.
She said the first place she’s considering is Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.
Fincher started teaching in Pittsburg as a high school band director in 1994, then became the associate principal for her school and later an administrator for the alternative school.
With two years of teaching under her belt, Fincher said she realized the impact was making on her students’ lives. From there her long career in education continued.
“I fell in love with teaching,” she said. “I realized the impact on other people’s life — then it became a calling for me.
“I feel good about what I have done in the last 31 years,” she said.
She left the district in 2008, but came back to Pittsburg during the 2014-2015 school year as Assistant Superintendent.
“That’s where family was so I stayed in the Missouri / Kansas area,” she said. “Pittsburg was closer. It was exciting to come back.”
Fincher also worked in education at Parsons and Jasper, Missouri, during the years she was not at USD 250.
She said in 31 years in education, there were so many memories and moments she couldn’t choose the most memorable, but one thing in particular did stand out.
“I still have a couple of students from early on in my career who stay in contact with me,” she said. “Knowing I made an impact on them to stay in touch with me still will stick with me for the rest of my life.”
Fincher said she is most proud of helping to pass the bond issue this year, which she said will move the district forward.
“I’m proud the bond issue passed,” she said. “That was really needed here.”
Fincher said the elementary schools’ breakfast in class was also a proud moment for her because elementary students can eat breakfast at no cost, she said.
USD 250 Superintendent Destry Brown said Fincher had the stability, experience and knowledge and fulfilled her role very well, he said.
“She had a lot of varied experience from teaching to building administrator,” Brown said.
“She is so well respected, she is going to be greatly missed by our team.”
Brown praised Fincher for her teamwork during the bond issue and the revamping of curriculum, especially career pathways at the high school.
“She was the person who got all the people together and in place to get these things done,” Brown said.
Fincher said she will miss seeing her coworkers daily, but she will not be far, as she will still reside in Pittsburg.
“I’ll miss all of my colleagues,” she said. “It's been great fun at USD 250.”
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.