Retiring Director Says 'Thank You'

Note - Tom Mellish, who has served as Executive Director since 2015, is retiring following a long career as an educator and then as IRTA's leader. As I get ready to walk away, I want to thank everyone who made this such a great tenure for me at IRTA. I traveled the state and enjoyed visiting each chapter, each with your own uniqueness, but with dedication to your communities. I...
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How to Emotionally Handle Retirement

Where did the time go? It seems like only yesterday that you were a recent college graduate and a young educator ready to make a difference. You have since taught hundreds of lessons, poured over countless tests and worked tirelessly to help young people learn. And now, you are considering retirement. That thought can be unnerving. If you have planned properly, your  financial...
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How to Be Happy in Retirement

Retirement is an exciting time – a great anticipation of well-earned “me time”. You have spent decades working for others and serving your profession. You deserve this chance to focus on what really makes you happy the rest of your life. However, retirement can be a greater challenge than expected - especially mentally. You might miss your colleagues and the daily...
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Ideas for Volunteering After You Retire

You have decided to pay it forward. Maybe a nonprofit or religious organization made a difference in your life, and you want to help others. Maybe you felt a void in your life after retiring and need a sense of purpose. Maybe you want to make your community a better place to live, work or play. Whatever your reason, volunteering your time can be a personally fulfilling experience....
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