CTPF Celebrates Member

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The world is open to you, pick your passion and go after it. You spend all of your life working for someone else, when you retire, it is time to work for you. – Karon S.
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Erin Mitchell
Never in my wildest dreams had I imagined such an interesting and satisfying second career. My new career as an author is a gratifying and satisfying second career that brought me to the understanding of the phrase “Retirement Redefined.” – Erin M.
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Dory
Retirement brings you face to face with yourself and there is no reason you aren’t doing what is most important to you. Get out there and do whatever it is (I suggest travel) right away. - Dory D.
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Debra Mui
I haves checked off all my ‘travel’ boxes as I have visited all seven continents with my husband. If there is something you want to do within reason, go do it. Life is short. – Debra M.
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Barry Rapoport
After 24 years of teaching English, English as a Second Language (ESL), and working with the hearing impaired, I gave up juggling the work load and demands of being a Chicago Public School high school teacher to spend more time juggling (literally). The hobby is comprised of wonderful people who are welcoming, inclusive, open-minded, and have a good sense of humor. I believe that the activity keeps your mind sharp, your body healthy, and most of all opens doors. – Barry R.
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Patty Mitchell
As a former CPS teacher and CTPF member I am living life on my own terms, thanks to some very careful retirement planning. I am living the retirement dream. Through all of my careful planning, I am seeing the best life has to offer and living the life I planned for I hope others can be empowered to succeed and live their best life by believing in yourself, taking care of yourself, and understanding your unique financial situation through research and education. – Patricia M.
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Patricia Rain
At my core, I am a multidisciplinary artist and musician, who uses paint, words, and music as a portal for imagination and spirit. My journey to “feeling refreshed” in retirement comes from living life with passion. Life begins after retirement. You are not retired, you are refreshed. – Patricia R.
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Liz Cornett
While I look back on teaching fondly, I appreciate the opportunity to use my new role as an ordained minister to teach life lessons to a new audience. My words of wisdom to fellow retirees are to recognize that you are not retiring from life. You are just retiring to a different part of your life. – Liz C.
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Madie C
Staying active and keeping busy in retirement is important for both the mind and body. An active retirement is not just about keeping busy - it is also about engaging in quality activities that make your life worthwhile. I fully appreciates and take advantage of opportunities I never envisioned while teaching. I want other future and current retirees to do the things that you cannot do while teaching and know that there is life after teaching, you just have to find it. – Madie C.
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Betty Portenlanger
Teachers grow as educators and personally, especially when they take advantage of opportunities that come their way. Current and retired teachers should be open to the opportunities that may come as the possibilities are endless. - Betty P.
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John Ruskamp
As a former CPS math and science teacher and assistant principal my discovery of rare Chinese rock writings in North America was fueled by curiosity and past experience. I enjoy connecting and working with other CTPF members who have helped to develop and share my research findings. If you’re a retiree trying to figure out what’s next, and let your passion find you. – John R.
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Nancy Ellis
As a retired CPS elementary school teacher and principal I accomplished many things as a working professional but just as much in retirement. Retirement is a gift and over the last two decades I have enjoyed the unexpected opportunities that have come my way. I continue to enjoy the many gifts that retirement brings from swimming, playing piano, doing trivia and puzzles, and traveling, my next adventure will be promoting my book at book signing parties – Nancy R.
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Ned McCray
Retirement is the best time of your life if you are healthy. I encourage future and current retirees to follow in my footsteps and make the changes necessary to live a healthy life so that you can enjoy a fulfilling retirement. I strongly believe in teaching and preaching. Retirement continues to evolve. – Ned M.
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Sheri Smith
I believe that there are many segments of your life and that you are the only one who can address them. Living life as a professional artist happened when I took her foot off the break in retirement and the art form of drawing jazz found me. There is no reason to not to assert yourself on any level. Do everything now. – Sheri S.

CTPF thanks and recognizes the hard work and dedication of our members to their students and profession.

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