Glover Principal Addresses Board Upon Retirement

Fifty-Two Years at APS
Posted on 08/09/2022
Image of Vincente and HallPhilomena Vincente is a lifelong educator ... the kind of teacher and principal kids remember fondly. Her first students at Akron Public Schools are now approaching retirement age, and so is she.

At last evening's meeting of the Akron Public Schools Board of Education, Vincente had a moment to address the board and attendees to talk about her time with APS, first as a young teacher at David Hill School when she stepped into her classroom in 1970. Richard Nixon was president and still had four years to serve. But Philomena was just getting started on a journey that would end up with her being principal at Glover Community Learning Center in Firestone Park until 2022.

"When I left the classroom to work as a principal," she joked, "I took the classroom door with me. I figured, I opened that door every day of school for 30 years. It was going with me. So, I put it in my truck when I left David Hill to go to Leggett (Elementary)."

Board Vice President Derrick Hall took a moment to speak fondly of his former teacher and get a memorable photo with her before she exited the board room. "Mrs. Vincente was an incredible influence as a teacher and principal. One of a kind, truly," he said. "I have to credit her for so much. I'm not sure what my path would have been like had it not been for her."

Image of Vincente and Hall
Philomena Vincente and Board V.P. Derrick Hall

Akron Public Schools faculty and staff wish Mrs. Vincente well in retirement and sincerely hope this is not the last of her influence on the education of young children.
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