Tears, laughter and memories all flowed freely in the teachers’ lounge at Veterans Memorial School early Thursday morning as the faculty and staff honored retiring Title 1 reading teacher Nancy Tulla.
Tulla spent her last day teaching and saying goodbye to both students and staff, receiving flowers and hugs. There was a breakfast in her honor, and the fourth-graders sang to her a song titled “We’ll miss you Miss Tulla.”
“Thirty-four years of dedication, commitment and service to her students and the Gloucester School District is extraordinary! Miss Tulla has touched many lives through her teaching and we wish her well as she starts this next chapter of her life,” said Veterans Memorial School publicist Pamela Ashe.
Tulla said the time really flew for her.
But for Tulla, who has also taught at West Parish and Fuller schools, her adventures and a new chapter in her life are just about to begin, with some traveling planned.
She loves and will soon be traveling to Washington, D.C., in April with her sister, Donna Tulla, who retired from teaching second grade at Beeman Elementary five years ago. The school arranged for her to have a tour of the White House and U.S. Capitol, and she will visit the office of Congressman John Tierney.
Tulla said she’s very excited about the trip, hopes that the cherry blossoms will be in full bloom when she’s there — and she’s hoping to be able to sit in and view a session of Congress from the gallery.
Her next stop on her retirement adventures after that? She’s going to Disney World.
Allegra Boverman is the chief photographer and a staff writer for the Gloucester Daily Times. She can be reached at 978-283-7000 x3448 and at email@example.com