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FAREWELL AND THANK YOU, MS. WILLS!

Our wonderful principal, Ms. Wills is retiring after thirty-nine years in the Walnut Valley Unified School District.  Evergreen has the privilege of having her for the last five years.  Ms. Wills' leadership, smile, dedication, passion for putting "Kids First", and her never ending energy will be missed by all!  Ms. Wills has touched the lives of thousands of students and families, and hundreds of teachers during her thirty-nine years in our district.  She started her career as a teacher in 1978 at Walnut Elementary, teaching for ten years, moving to Collegewood and job sharing for five years, and then became teacher and ELS at Westhoff.  She continued her career at Ron Hockwalt Academies as a math and science teacher, moved to become principal at Collegewood and then finally to Evergreen.  During her time at Evergreen, she and the Evergreen staff were the first elementary school to implement Project Lead the Way (PLTW).  She also implemented the Robotics program.   Over the past five years, Evergreen has received many awards, including the Exemplary Arts Award, Gold Ribbon, Distinguished School, Civic Learning Award for Excellence, Odyssey of the Mind award and the Golden Bell.  We are so sad to see Ms. Wills leave but we know she will have more time for travels and excursions.  We know that however far she travels, she will be thought of everyday and know that the legacy she has left in the lives of all she has touched, will live on.  We will miss you Ms. Wills and congratulations on your retirement!

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