A Legend Retires, Part 1

What happens when you are a legend retiring after 39 years of service?

First, you may have two mayors and a state senator in attendance.

You have a huge event with local dignitaries, friends,  relatives, former students, and colleagues. You may have 800 children singing you a song and your childhood pictures projected on a 30 foot screen. Your faculty will dress as if for a luau, with festive flair.

Even more!

Continue here to see the wonderful retirement ‘send off’ for Sevierville Primary School’s Principal, Harriet Berrier.

This first part, Part 1, shows some highlights from the 1:15 celebration today.

First, a proclamation from Perrin Anderson, representing County Mayor, Larry Waters.


Next, Dee Dee Trentham tells some nice things about Harriet and her career as an educator. Plus, that she likes Vols basketball.


Next, she received a nice shirt that expresses what all of us are wishing for ourselves! (Maybe in a few more years for me.) 13288123_10204443398244799_48375062_oWe enjoyed the photos! Here are some more from the 2015-2016 yearbook. (Thank you, Glenda Parrish! Well done.) 13262491_10204443398404803_1118188714_o


Harriet ‘facts to know’:

She was born in Clarksville, Tennessee. Later, she went to Kindergarten in Sevierville at Mrs. Rambo’s Pre-School. Harriet attended grades 1-8 at Pigeon Forge Primary School and high school at Sevier County High School. She attended U.T. for one year and graduated from Emory and Henry in Emory, Virginia with a B.A. in Education. Later, she earned a Masters and an Ed.S at Lincoln Memorial University.

Jerry Wear was her first principal. She taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades, plus a grade 3/4 split class. Harriet was a classroom teacher for 16 years, mostly with third grade classes. She spent six years as the assistant principal with Andy Roe. Harriet has served as a principal for 17 years. She retires with    39 + years of service.

With this new free time, we will probably see her more on the golf course. (I wonder what is her favorite course?) She will have more time for family, the Vols basketball games, sleeping, Captain Jack, and the BEACH!

Stay tuned for Part 2, the afternoon celebration. I will start on that part after I walk my dog.

She needs to get out and about…


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