After twenty years in education it was time to hit the beach

Royce “It is about retiring from work, but remaining connected to life.”

by Patricia Schallert

There are many seniors among us who have lived and continue to live lives that can be considered “success stories”…. Let’s meet Royce Hill , a retired teacher from LAUSD and see how she sees it.

After twenty years with the Los Angeles Unified School District, Royce, a young 69 years old, retired before moving to Ventura six years later. Royce had spent 30 years visiting friends in Ventura before deciding that it would be a good place to retire. Born in Taft, California, growing up in San Fernando Valley, after high school Royce traveled the world and lived in Italy for fourteen years.

Upon returning to the States, Royce went back to school at Pierce College and then California State University, Northridge, where she received first a degree in graphic design and then a visual art teaching credential.

As Royce’s career in the classroom flourished, she found herself moving from Classroom Art Teacher to an Assistant Principal at secondary schools in Los Angeles.

After twenty years in education it was time to hit the beach! So, Royce and her husband John moved to their little beach house in Ventura and traded the freeways for flip flops! Royce’s favorite part about retirement is “lingering over coffee in the morning” and “not dashing out of the house” before the classroom bells ring. She enjoys the “endless summers’ that retirement offers and keeps busy with her Etsy shop Two Vintage Hens.

Some of the major values or principles that Royce sees now as a retired person are to “always treat others as you would like to be treated”

Editor: If you are a senior, or know of one, who would like to share their retirement, or job, with us let us know at [email protected].

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