Beginnings and endings: Preschool teacher retires after 28 years

Beverly McGinty, who has taught preschool the past 28 years, works with Cassidy Ramsay at Bright Beginnings.

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The Bright Beginnings afternoon class puts on their spring program.

Beverly McGinty taught her grandson, Miles, this past year before she retired.

DALTON  One thing’s for sure. After retiring from teaching preschool for 28 years, Beverly McGinty said conversations with her husband at the dinner table recapping their days won’t be nearly as interesting.

McGinty did not set out to teach preschool, and she never had a goal in life to run a preschool.

With sunlight beaming in through the tall windows last week at Bright Beginnings Preschool housed at Dalton Presbyterian Church, McGinty talked about how many things seem to have fallen in her lap over the years.
This past year, she had her eldest grandson, Miles, in her preschool class. While she would love to be her younger grandchildren’s first preschool teacher, as well as a teacher to countless other young siblings of recent students, at age 64 McGinty said it’s time to retire. Also, her husband, Jeff, retired from Smucker’s this past year.

McGinty is leaving on a positive note and she said she feels she is leaving the preschool in capable hands.

Lindsay Ramsay, of Dalton, is excited to follow in McGinty’s footsteps.

“I know and hope she will come with new creative ideas,” McGinty said.

At the same time, McGinty is leaving everything at the preschool to Ramsay from the furniture and teaching materials to the curriculum and lesson plans she developed.

McGinty’s family has planned an open house 2-4 p.m. June 5 at Dalton Village Park to celebrate her retirement. In case of rain, the celebration will be at Dalton Presbyterian Church. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Read the complete story in the June 2, 2021 edition.

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