Retiring teacher honored with an airplane fly-over

May 28th, 2010    Author: Brett A. Roller    Filed Under: News

Holly Hill Elementary School recognized one of their retiring teachers in a unique way Monday.

Fifth grade teacher Rick Ladd was lured outside and presented with an airplane displaying the banner “Happy retirement Mr. Ladd.”

His students also made signs and cards of their own and brought them outside to show their teacher.

Fifth grader Aaron Pyle wrote a message in his card.

“I said ‘Thank you for supporting me,’” Pyle said.

"'Anytime I needed help you helped me and pushed me to the next level.'"

Ladd's colleague Susan Klosterman said Ladd did not want a party, but the teachers wanted to honor the man who has been an important part of Holly Hill Elementary School since 1982.

"One of the other teachers suggested Up in the Air so we passed the hat and hired them," Klosterman said. "We had done it for another teacher years ago."

Ladd said he had not suspected the teachers were going to honor him this way.

"I was surprised," Ladd said.

His students were very excited about the opportunity to honor their teacher.

"He's a really great teacher. He deserves to be celebrated," Reyna Beckett said.

Ladd has taught in the West Clermont School District for 35 years. He said he will work as a substitute for a short time before moving to Florida.

"I'm definitely looking forward to a different challenge in life," Ladd said. "I'm tired of the cold."

His students are looking forward to seeing him as a substitute teacher before he heads south.

"I've known Mr. Ladd for a long time and it's really sad that he's leaving," Mykala Helderbrand said. "I hope I see him in the Middle School as a substitute."

Fellow fifth grader Jessica Kilgore agreed.

"He was an awesome teacher," Kilgore said. "He brought laughs to class and I hope to see him in the Middle School."

Holly Hill's last day of classes is Friday, May 28.
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