A party was held to at Washington Irving Elementary after school let out Thursday to celebrate Katy Pruitt who is leaving her position as the school’s principal.
Pruitt was surrounded by friends, family, coworkers and old coworkers as she celebrated her retirement from public education.
Guests enjoyed snacks and conversation as a slide-show of Pruitt’s time at Washington Irving played in the background.
Among other gifts, Pruitt was given a plaque commemorating her time there and a page of each teacher’s thumbprint as a personalized farewell.
Pruitt has served in public education in Bryan County for 37 years, holding several positions before becoming principal of Washington Irving Elementary School 26 years ago.
Although Pruitt is retiring from public education, this is not the end of her career.
She will begin her new role as the Choctaw Nation Head Start Director this summer. The Choctaw Head Start contains 17 head start facilities across 10 counties.
“I’m excited to start my new adventure,” Pruitt said to guests Thursday.
She said she has enjoyed her time in Durant with the students, families, staff and administration and hopes the best for public education.
For her students in public education, she said she wishes the State to give more funding and support.