Fayetteville Elementary principal Nancy Smith set to retire July 1

Nancy Smith is retiring on July 1 after 25 years as principal of Fayetteville Elementary.

Nancy Smith is retiring on July 1 after 25 years as principal of Fayetteville Elementary. Submitted photo

— It’s not going to be easy for Nancy Smith to walk away from her 25-year stint as principal of Fayetteville Elementary on July 1.

The Syracuse resident who got her start in education as a speech pathologist took over the administrative position in 1989, and says she has thoroughly enjoyed it ever since. To her, seeing young minds develop and go on to become successful was the key to her career. During her time, she took a serious interest in the environment, and helping her students understand the impact they have on it now and what the impact will be in the future.

Luckily for her, she has a plan to help keep her busy.

“I have a lot of interests, and I plan to pursue them,” she said. “I love being active.”

Smith met with Eagle Bulletin reporter Neil Benjamin Jr. and talked about her career, her interests and what she plans to do next.

Why have you chosen to retire?

“I’ve been with the district for 25 years. I love the challenges of my position, challenges I’ve encountered in my overall career. Now it’s time to attempt some new ones.”

Have you decided what the next step is in your career?

“Not specifically. I’m going to just let things sort of unfold and see what options are available to me over time. I’m in no rush.”

You like to travel the world. You want to add to that travel log. What are your fond memories, your favorite places?

“I’ve absolutely loved Europe and I definitely need to go back. There’s so much more to see, to experience. So that’s going to be a primary travel goal. I’ve been to Germany, Italy, Ireland and Paris.”

What advice do you have for someone who wants to go to Europe and get the most out of it?

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