Thank you for 23 amazing years of superior commitment and dedication to our Green Acres community. You will be missed greatly, and we will never forget your compassion, sense of humor, kindness or dedication to our students, staff, and families. Thank you for being a champion for kids, every single day of your career.
Please see below for a letter from Mr. Norton regarding his upcoming retirement.
Holiday Spirit Week 12/16-12/20
A LETTER FROM MR. NORTON TO GA COMMUNITY
Dear Green Acres Families,
You may have heard via the rumor mill that I will be retiring as of December 31st. Well, the rumor is true.
It has been my extreme pleasure and honor to have served in the Manchester School District for the past 32 years. In 1997, I was fortunate enough to have been named the Principal here at Green Acres. Green Acres was my first and only Principalship. I want to thank all of the amazing staff members and families that have supported me along the way. I have had the pleasure of meeting so many great families during my time here at Green Acres.
Although I will miss the staff and parents very much, it is of course the students I will miss the most.
Any educator will tell you it is the students that keep us going. Green Acres has had the best. During my time we have had many state champions in science fairs and water fairs. We have had statewide essay winners and art contest winners. I have seen our students grow up to be productive and positive members of the community. Some have gone on to become class valedictorian, teachers, professional comedians, Emmy award winners, Miss New Hampshire, division one athletes and even a Stanley Cup Champion!
Although I still enjoy my job very much, it is time for me to begin the next chapter of my life. My wife, who is a long time Manchester teacher, will be retiring in June. We are both very excited to take on our new role as first time grandparents, a role that began a few weeks ago with the arrival of our grandson, Connor Richard. It has always been part of the family plan that I would be helping out with child care for my grandson when my daughter returns to work in January. (The poor kid doesn’t stand a chance with his Principal grandfather!)
I want to thank all of you for your support and friendship over the years and more importantly, thank you for sharing your children with me and entrusting me with their care.
Please know that I will treasure all of the memories forever and always remember that Green Acres Is The Place To Be!