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Once a Wildcat, Always a Wildcat

Scott Bennett, Debbie Cloud, Lisa Polk, Karen Hillygus, and Jim Carnal received plaques representing years of dedication to teaching at the Taft Union High School District during the May board meeting  (not present/pictured: David Skowron, Julee Skowron, Bennett Johnson, Gene Conners, and Harold Heiter)

Scott Bennett, Debbie Cloud, Lisa Polk, Karen Hillygus, and Jim Carnal received plaques representing years of dedication to teaching at the Taft Union High School District during the May board meeting (not present/pictured: David Skowron, Julee Skowron, Bennett Johnson, Gene Conners, and Harold Heiter)

Scott Bennett, Debbie Cloud, Lisa Polk, Karen Hillygus, and Jim Carnal received plaques representing years of dedication to teaching at the Taft Union High School District during the May board meeting (not present/pictured: David Skowron, Julee Skowron, Bennett Johnson, Gene Conners, and Harold Heiter)

Scott Bennett, Debbie Cloud, Lisa Polk, Karen Hillygus, and Jim Carnal received plaques representing years of dedication to teaching at the Taft Union High School District during the May board meeting (not present/pictured: David Skowron, Julee Skowron, Bennett Johnson, Gene Conners, and Harold Heiter)

Once a Wildcat, Always a Wildcat

Departing teachers are remembered for their lasting contributions

As the school year comes to a close, many teachers will be leaving Taft High. Approximately 20 teachers will be either resigning from TUHS or will be retiring at the end of the school year. Even more may move to BV to fill the additional vacancies created there (three teachers have retired and one resigned). Others are not returning due to layoffs and there is still some uncertainty about whether some will return or not.  Those who chose to keep their resignations or layoffs private are not included in this tribute. Our teachers have been a part of the community and have dedicated much of their own time to the school and its students. This collection of articles on these teachers who have worked here tirelessly at Taft High share what they have accomplished throughout their long careers and how much dedication they have shown. Included here are some of their favorite memories as well as their parting thoughts, feelings and opinions on TUHS.

The legendary Mr. Heiter retires a beloved teacher and coach
Taft High loses an outstanding teacher
Mr. Carnal retires after a big year
Mr. Conners built a lifetime of memories and more
The blue skies of retirement await Mrs. Cloud
The ‘twins’ are exiting the building
Goossen finds a new path
Skowron becomes professional retiree
A teacher and friend says goodbye to Taft High
From Wildcat to Patriot
It’s just not in the cards
Mr. Reed: a campus-wide symbol of kindness
Prosser takes good memories with him
The last touchdown at Taft High for Eric Gonzales
Smith will remain part of the Taft High community
Mr. English is sailing on
Math department departure

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