Retiring Eliot principal says farewell at emotional celebration
Fosters June 9, 2020
“Oh the places you’ll go, today is your day! Your mountain is waiting so get on your way!” – Dr. Seuss
When that was finished, they switched their signs by saying goodbye to Principal Maureen (Mo) Goering, which caught her by surprise. Goering decided to retire in 2020 after being principal since 2008. Under her leadership, the school was awarded the 2011 National Blue Ribbon School Award. She credited a “Crackerjack staff and phenomenal students and families to support all the right ingredients for success for kids.”
Goering has seen much success and made many memories in 12 years. Her last is one for the record books, given the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. It is also the year she got her first grandchild and that is one of the reasons for her retirement, wanting to spend more time with family.
Goering’s husband, John, was in on the surprise with the teachers as he waited with flowers in the parking lot to hand to his wife. She hugged him and then was escorted by police Sgt. Ronald Lund to be greeted by a long line of masked teachers offering good wishes and thanks as John slowly drove her past them.
Music teacher Bryan Killough sang a western song he wrote for her earlier in the year when it was Western Day. It pulled at the heartstrings. Tears trickled upon her cheeks as she did another lap to savor the sweetness of the moment. The sign holders were also crying.
She turned her head slowly and uttered, “I love you guys.”
“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” –Dr. Seuss