This cake is what greeted Dennis when he walked into the Sports Awards meeting at Challenger Early College High School. Over the past eleven years, he's been the student services provider, counselor, men's varsity basketball, tennis, and baseball coach, plus director of the Firebird Choral, bus driver, substitute teacher, and probably several other jobs. Being a Firebird (and a Shawnee Heights Thunderbird,) has been a joy over the past almost 40 years, and allowed him to fulfill his calling to influence and help his students become the best they could be. (By the way, one of his SH Choraliers is in the top ELEVEN on The Voice right now, Kyla Jade! He's one proud vocal music teacher.)
Thanks for letting me brag on my husband. It's because he has loved and been a success at his teaching job, that I have been able to pursue my dream of writing.
We aren't calling it retirement, though. July 1 begins our "Refirement!"
And so the fun begins.
Larry & Merlene SimmonsSr
4/27/2018 01:12:30 pm
Congradulations. On your retirement. WELCOME TO OUR CLASS OF RETIREES.
Pete Tavares Jr
4/28/2018 01:33:23 am
Congratulations Dennis, I mean Mr. McPhail!!!!
Diana and Bob Gay
4/28/2018 05:15:41 am
You have had an amazing journey and impact on so many lives. We remember you as a SH basketball player and through the years. To see what a blessing you have been to so many has been our privilege. May God continue to bless you as you enter this next phase of your life. We love you and pray the best for you ( and Jeannie) 💕🙏👏
4/30/2018 08:06:28 am
Congratulations on your much earned retirement. God bless you as you as you journey through this new time of life. Have fun. Sounds like you have great plans. Love you both so much.
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J.A. McPhail is the author of five books, has been married to Dennis since 1974, enjoys living in the North Carolina mountains. and is an avid collector of books and book related stuff.