By proclamation from Governor Brian P. Kemp, today (November 7, 2021) is Retired Educators Day in Georgia! Here in Lumpkin County, our Retired Educators Association is active in supporting our school district. We are grateful for the wisdom, the experience, and the influence of our local retired educators as they paved the way for so many of our current educators and had a profound impact on the lives of countless children throughout their careers.
For the past sixty-three years, the Georgia Retired Educators Association has dedicated its efforts to improving the welfare of retired educators and provided opportunities for these educators to become involved in community activities. As a local unit of the GREA, the LCREA continues to give back to our community and our schools by volunteering their time for events, providing valuable feedback on teacher grant applications from the Lumpkin County Education Foundation, and supporting programs in all five of our schools.
Just this past week, Lumpkin County Board of Education Member, Ms. Mera Turner, was named President of the LC Retired Educators Association. Mera Ferguson Turner is a lifelong resident of Lumpkin County and a graduate of LCHS. She attended North Georgia College earning a B.S. in Biology, a Masters in Biology Education, and a leadership degree from Lincoln Memorial University. Mera retired from Lumpkin County Schools in 2008 after teaching 7th grade at LCMS for 33 years! Mera is currently in her second full-term as BOE member for Lumpkin County, and she can be seen volunteering at all five of our schools throughout the year.
Thank you to Ms. Mera Turner and the entire Lumpkin County Retired Educators Association for the many years of service in the field of education. We celebrate you today on Retired Educators Day with the rest of Georgia, but we appreciate you every day as your commitment and dedication helps to drive those of us in the field of education to excellence!