Beloved Cowboy, Mrs. Lee, Will Soon Ride Off into Sunset

Ava Vaccaro

Gaither High School’s Student Affairs Secretary Elizabeth Lee is retiring after 22 years at Gaither.

Lee is the woman that most parents speak to when signing their students in and out of school. Students may recognize her as the voice behind the “thank you” after they drop off attendance in the middle desk of the student affairs office.

Lee was part of the Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP). The DROP program lets employees go into retirement up to 5 years early. After retirement, the employee can continue to work for regular pay.  

“I was in the DROP program, and I’m finishing up my final year in DROP. I have almost 27 years in the school system,” said Lee. 

Lee does not plan to have a boring retirement. Plans for playing water volleyball, traveling and doing some volunteer work for the community are on the list for Lee. Hanging out with friends and relaxing are also among plans ahead.

Not many students will be directly affected by Lee’s departure but the teacher-assistants that work in the Student Affairs Office are going to miss her. Student teacher assistants are part of the customer service class and are stationed to be helpers in the office whilst gaining work experience.

“That period is a lot of fun. I love hanging out with Mrs. Lee,” said senior Michelle Tito.

While getting along with many students, Lee also deeply appreciates the people she works with. 

“I will miss the administrators and staff immensely…I love working with everyone and I will miss the whole community. I’ll miss the people, it’s like a second family,” said Lee. 

Lee is not leaving her experience in the past. Gaither will always have a special place in Lee’s heart. During the time spent here, Lee has created a lot of memories, and will not be forgotten.