Congratulations to Our Retirees

Left to right: Mike Dodson, Jim Potts, Dr. Marie Kelly, Arlin Buckwalter and Kay Hudak.

As we say “so long see you in August” to many of our colleagues, there are several team members who will not be returning to the hallowed halls of LCCTC for the 2018-2019 school year. To those individuals we say, “As your career comes to an end, please know that your influence will carry on. Countless lives have been impacted through the knowledge you have imparted. May your retirement be everything you dreamed it could be!”

Congratulations and best wishes to our 2018 retirees: Kay Hudak, Dr. Marie Kelly, Arlin Buckwalter, Jim Potts and Mike Dodson.

 Kay Hudak, Dental Assistant Instructor, Willow Street Campus – I have been the dental assisting instructor for 28 years. I started in October 1990. During that time, I have helped to establish an Expanded Function Dental Assistant Program and a Dental Lab Program for post- secondary students, and I saw the inception of the CTC Dental Clinic.  During that time I have had the privilege to teach almost 1000 dental assisting students.  Hopefully, I have helped to enrich the field of dentistry with talented and valuable dental assistants who will be providing care to Lancaster County patients for years to come.

What I will miss the most is the camaraderie with my colleagues. The staff here is the best. They are always willing to lend a helping hand or to give words of encouragement. To those who have retired before me and those who are still here, thank you for being there when I needed a shoulder.

I am looking forward to not getting up at 4:30 in the mornings and leaving the house before the call comes in on a snowy morning.  I am hoping to travel and be able to get those discounted airline tickets that leave on a Tuesday or Wednesday for $49. I Also won’t have to plan dinner the night before and can take advantage of store sales when everyone else is working!  YIPEE!!

I also look forward to continuing to work with the military providing dental treatment for our soldiers. This is a new adventure for me and I am having a lot of fun with it and getting satisfaction from working for a good cause..

Thank you for this awesome journey and the opportunity to work with so many talented and caring people.  I will miss you as well as Chef Dave Brook’s treats! 

Dr. Marie Kelly, Dental Assistant Instructor, Willow Street Campus – I joined LCCTC in the Fall of 2013 as the adult education dental assisting instructor and dental hygiene director. What I will miss most when I retire is the challenge of teaching the students and Chef Dave Brook’s cookies. When I retire, I look  forward to traveling and sleeping late. My parting words of wisdom are: take deep breaths and count to 10!

Fortunately for the CTC, Dr. Kelly will continue to work with on Mondays until the Dental Hygiene program (school year 2019-2020) is up and running!

 Jim Potts, Construction Cluster Instructor, Willow Street Campus – I have been a full-time secondary instructor for 35 years, teaching carpentry, painting, cabinetmaking and construction. When I retire I will miss the fellowship shared with many instructors and working with those students who are here to learn, however, I do look forward to working on all my own projects and doing a lot more travel. My parting words of wisdom for my colleagues: “A little bit of humor goes a long way when you are having a rough day!”

Arlin Buckwalter, Collision Repair Instructor, Willow Street Campus – I joined LCCTC 30.78 years ago as a Vocational Instructor. The first 10 years I was based on the Mount Joy Campus, until 1997 when I moved to Willow Street.  I taught the cluster program and rotated through all three buildings from 2000 – 2004, and have been back solely in Willow Street for the rest of my career. When I retire, I will miss working with most of the students and my “car pool” buddies and I am looking forward to being able to pay attention to what I am doing and not to what 25 others are doing.

My parting words of wisdom: “It’s for the kids. Our purpose here is not employment, benefits, perks, or time off. Our purpose is always to educate the students to the best of our ability. Those other things are the benefits of being committed to helping our young people mature and become what they are capable of becoming.”

Mike Dodson, Cabinet Making & Wood Technology Instructor, Brownstown Campus – My 29-year career started at Willow Street in 1989 as the Cabinetmaking instructor.  I worked for 12 years as the project manager for the house building and construction projects, and returned to the classroom for my last four years. I’ve had the pleasure to work with some of the most dedicated people sharing one common goal, the students that we serve.  It has been an honor to be a part of this for so many years; shaping the minds and hands of students, watching them develop into productive young adults.

When I retire, I am looking forward to never working on a Monday again! I am also looking forward to spending time in my own workshop and completing unfinished projects around my own house.

My parting words of wisdom: “Some days it may be difficult to remember why we are teachers but in the end, the respect and the art of our professions that we give to our students can be the best reward. Every student is important. The LCCTC is truly a special place.”

Congratulations to all!


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