Schwartz Retirement

Longtime McKinley School Principal Ends Career On High Note
Posted on 05/17/2017

Tom Schwartz, the principal at McKinley Intermediate Elementary School for grades 2-3, is

retiring. Under his leadership, McKinley was named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education last fall. The award honors exemplary high performing schools that are safe and welcoming, and where all students master challenging content.

“I was so happy for the staff and students at McKinley when we were awarded the 2016 National Blue Ribbon Award,” he says. “That was awesome!”

Schwartz was the K-5 physical education teacher at all three elementary schools in Abilene for two decades before becoming McKinley’s principal 17 years ago, for a combined total of 37 years in education in the district.

“After 20 years of P.E., my knees and body were wearing out, and I thought being principal was the next step where I could make a difference for kids,” Schwartz says. “Just the everyday working with students who just need someone to talk to and to listen to them is gratifying.”

As for his retirement plans?
“I plan on being with my grandchildren and playing a lot of golf!”

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