Retiring Teachers – Mrs. Washington


Taylor Simmons

If you’ve met Mrs. Washington then you’re lucky, she is one of the sweetest people here at Warren. From talking with students to celebrating spirit days, her impact has had a lasting effect on Warren. Her efforts were celebrated during the Black Student Union’s Black History Month Showcase when she won the Teacher Excellence Award in 2020. I had the pleasure of interviewing her a few weeks ago to talk about her retirement plans and memories at Warren.

How long have you been teaching/How long have you been at Warren?

“I have been teaching since 2001 and I started at the beginning of the 2001-2002 school year. I moved here from Virginia in 1999 and started as a librarian in Grayslake.”

What’s your favorite WTHS Memory?

“Overall connecting with students and helping them.  Just an everyday feeling of being with students. I love the spirit days! I try to attend all student events such as sports, theater, clubs,  etc.”

What’s your proudest accomplishment here?

“Positive comments from students saying I’ve made a difference.”

What are your plans for retirement?

“Moving to a warmer climate with family on the east coast – I have family in Virginia. I love the ocean and I love traveling. I’m excited to have the opportunity to just relax.”

What will you miss most about Warren and your job here?

“The positive atmosphere and relationships with students and staff. The connections and bonds I’ve made interacting with everyone cafeteria staff, security guards, everyone who makes warren, warren. I will also miss sharing books and chatting with students.”

What final piece of advice would you give to students?

“To know and be receptive to the many people that care about you here. One mistake does not define you and you can always fix them. Reach out for help when you need it more and be willing to accept help.”

Her final words were quite emotional: “It’s been an honor to work here and be a part of Warren history. It’s been very rewarding and I felt privileged to be here. It’s hard to leave after so long, but it’s a new chapter and I’ve learned and grown from my time at warren. Students have also helped me grow and become a better person. Additionally, my children went to school here and seeing them grow was amazing.”

I met Mrs. Washington my freshman year and I’m very sad to see her go. There’s no doubt that everyone here will miss her presence, but wishes her luck in future endeavors!