After 27 years, WMS says goodbye


Virginia Walsh (sixth from left, blue shorts) is retiring from Watertown Middle School after 27 years. (2013 Watertown Splash file photo)

Liana Rice and Bridget Sullivan

        Ginny Walsh wanted to have fun as a physical education teacher at Watertown Middle School. After 27 years, she is going into retirement in January 2017.

        “WMS is a wonderful community and it’s been a privilege working with the kids,” she said.

      When asked what she was going to miss the most about teaching P.E. at WMS, she said, “The kids and the energy from the kids. Kids keep you young!”

     Eighth-grader Ennya Papastoitsis, who had her for a soccer coach, will miss her as a teacher and a coach.

    “She was always dedicated and fun when coaching as well as teaching,” she said.

    Seventh-grader Ramon Sara had Ms. Walsh as a gym teacher in sixth grade and enjoyed having her because she was very nice.

    Eighth-grader Adam Haloui, who has Ms. Walsh as a gym teacher now, said he “likes the way that she runs stuff, she’s not as strict. And she’s easy-going.”

     He is going to miss her because “Ms. Walsh was the best gym teacher I’ve had.”

     Eighth-grader Christina Zouein said that she will “miss her positive attitude that she brings to teach, each and every day.”  

     After Ms. Walsh retires, she plans on hiking the 2,200-mile long Appalachian Mountain Trail from Georgia to Maine. She is very excited to hike this trail.

     Ms. Walsh will miss WMS very much, as we will miss her.

–Dec. 21, 2016–