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May 18, 2014

Middle school principal retiring

Woodward Public Schools is going to be without a long time member of its staff next year.  

Frank Harrington has announced that this will be his last year as Woodward Middle School principal.

Harrington began teaching in Woodward after he moved here in 1980 and continued to be a big part of the educational system for 34 years.

“My wife’s dad was superintendent here” Harrington said.

He began teaching a year after graduating high school.  

His church was having a hard time getting a teacher for the high school Sunday School class so he decided to give it a try.  It was an experience he greatly enjoyed.

“I was teaching my friends,” Harrington said.

Harrington also played baseball in college and found that he desired to coach. During his career he as coached football and baseball. He feels that coaching leads people towards teaching.

What he enjoyed most about his career were the children.  He finds his experiences to have been very rewarding.  He felt it was wonderful “being able to watch them create things” when he taught industrial arts.

After retirement Harrington intends to visit his grandchildren and enjoy his free time however he wishes.

He will always have fond memories of his years at Woodward Middle School.

“I love the staff, you could not ask for a better staff,” Harrington said. “The assistant principals, the secretaries, custodians, and all the teachers.

A reception is being held honoring Harrington on Tuesday, May 20.  It will take place in the Woodward Middle School Media Center at 4 p.m.

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