Long-time DeKalb County Schools employee and current Valley Head principal, Bill Monroe, is officially retiring from education.
Monroe was born and raised in Skirum, a small community settled between Crossville and Geraldine.
He attended first and second grade at Skirum Junior High School before attending Geraldine where he graduated in 1972.
Monroe began his higher education at Gadsden State Community College where he wanted to major in pharmaceuticals.
After attending Auburn University for a year, he finally settled at Jacksonville State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in education.
In 1980, Monroe worked with the Emergency Management Agency for two years before starting his career as an educator.
He started working at Sylvania High School teaching fifth and sixth grade social studies and then teaching ninth and 10th grade for 18 years.
While teaching at Sylvania, Monroe coached volleyball, basketball, softball and golf.
In 1999, he started working at Valley Head, and three years later, Monroe was officially named principal of Valley Head High School.
“Being an administrator here has been the highlight of my career,” Monroe said. “I’ve had a very good career and worked with very good people.”
After 37-and-a-half years of serving DeKalb County Schools, Monroe is set to officially retire on Jan. 1, 2018.
Throughout his career, he’s come to know and teach many of the employees that currently work in DeKalb County Schools.
“I want to thank Mr. Monroe for his years of dedication to DeKalb County Schools,” Superintendent Jason Barnett said. “He has served diligently as a teacher, coach and administrator through the years touching many lives along the way. I wish him the very best in his retirement, and he will be missed throughout the county.”
Monroe has mixed feelings about retiring from a long career in education.
“I’m a little bit sad but I’m happy too,” he said.
Monroe looks forward to spending time at home and getting to work on things around the house that he previously never had time for.
He also looks forward to spending more time with his wife, Marilyn, a bookkeeper at Geraldine High School, and son, Clay, a police officer with the Henagar Police Department.
Monroe enjoys fishing, hunting and playing golf in his free time. He said he looks forward to having the time to travel to other golf courses and play without being on a schedule.
“I’ll still come up [to Valley Head] a good bit,” he said. “Valley Head is a great community and they support our school and support our kids. It’s a really close-knit family.”