After 32 years in education, popular principal is retiring


June 06, 1996|By Sally Buckler | Sally Buckler,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WEST FRIENDSHIP Elementary School Principal Leah Farmer will retire at the end of the school year after 32 years as a professional educator, including 21 years as a principal, in the county public schools.

She has been principal at West Friendship for eight years, a time she describes as "marvelous and memorable."

Tonight, 150 family members, friends, staff members, and county and school administrators will fete her at a retirement dinner.

Monday, West Friendship students and parents will honor Farmer at a strawberry shortcake party and reception organized by the school's PTA.

Farmer says she is grateful for her eight years at West Friendship, in a community with "so much tradition, history and positive values."

"I feel as a winning coach must feel after a Super Bowl win. My last principalship here at West Friendship is one that I will always cherish and remember," she says.

West Friendship Assistant Principal Steve Meconi says Farmer "is very well-loved here. She is both caring and dynamic, characteristics that come together to make her creative, resourceful and a very strong leader."

After her retirement, Farmer plans to enjoy interests she hasn't had much time for, but she will continue in education. She plans to work with student teachers and will volunteer for the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education, an advisory group for the state Department of Education.

Graduation day

After enjoying a senior breakfast with the school trustees at Tersiguel's French Country Restaurant, a junior-senior cookout on the Youghiogheny River, a prom aboard the Harbor Bell, an athletic banquet and an academic awards ceremony, 29 Glenelg Country School seniors will graduate tomorrow evening at the eighth commencement ceremony in the Glenelg Country School graduation garden.

The new graduates applied to, and were accepted by, 62 colleges and programs ranging from the Air Force Academy to Vassar College and local colleges.

Headmaster Ryland Chapman characterizes this year's class as "a very interesting group -- the largest in the school's history, the strongest in college placement and the most diverse and different in their backgrounds, opinions, politics, attitudes and interests. And yet they are very good friends and very loyal to each other and to Glenelg Country School."

Golden anniversary

James "Wally" and Dolores Wallace observed their golden anniversary Jan. 6 and celebrated Saturday night with more than 140 friends at a surprise party at the Mount Airy Fire Department recreation hall.

The Wallaces, who have lived in Poplar Springs most of their lives, now spend the colder months in Winter Haven, Fla., returning to Poplar Springs during the spring and summer.

Mr. Wallace is a past president of Wally's Ironworks, which he founded in 1965. The couple married at Sexton Church in Laurel and are members of Poplar Springs United Methodist Church.

Their sons, James Phillip of Poplar Springs, and Dennis William of Unionville, planned the anniversary party with their sister, Diane Patricia Larkin, also of Unionville.

Traveling soccer team

Local soccer enthusiasts Greg Allen, Kevin Berberich and Todd Tedrow are members of the Laurel Wildcats traveling soccer team.

Sunday, they concluded a long tournament by winning the Maryland State Cup, recognizing their team as the top soccer team in their age group in Maryland.

In late June and early July, Greg, Kevin, Todd and the other Wildcats will represent Maryland in a regional tournament to determine which state's team is the best in the Northeast.

Pub Date: 6/06/96

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