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Dr. Lisa Palmer Announces Her Retirement


Dr. Lisa Palmer announced her retirement on December 9th. Please see her message sent to the staff and the community. Dr. Palmer, thank you for all that you have done and continue to do for WSSD students, families, teachers, and staff. You will be greatly missed, and we wish you all the best!

Good morning,

It is with bittersweet feelings that I write to you today to share some personal news.  As some of you are aware, I faced a significant health scare at the start of this school year.  Fortunately, I had a very good medical team and was able to make a full recovery.  Since the scare, I have been reflecting quite a bit on my health and my family, and I have decided to retire at the end of this school year. 

When I first took over the role of superintendent, I was reminded of how much the superintendency of a school district resembles a long-distance relay race.  Each superintendent is their own leg of the never-ending race. They are motivated and well trained, they understand the importance of teamwork to overall success of the team, and they are committed to go the distance for our children, staff, and community.  I am grateful to all who have passed their baton to the next superintendent – from Dr. Slick, Dr. Parker, Dr. Rubeis, Dr. Noonan, and Dr. Pladus.  I am also grateful to the WSSD community for its support and partnership during my tenure.  As I prepare to pass my baton in June, I do so confidently knowing you will all welcome my successor as warmly as you have welcomed me and my predecessors. 

While I would love to say that I have had a lot of time to reflect on my career, COVID-19 has kept me pretty busy this year! However, in the time I have had to reflect, I can wholeheartedly say that WSSD is the best in all regards:

  • The best teachers, for their unending love and support for our students
  • The best staff, for their boundless care and kindness shown to everyone
  • The best administration, for their unwavering dedication and commitment to our community

And most importantly

  • The best students, for their passion and constant perseverance in everything they do

The gratitude I have for everyone is immeasurable, and it has been the honor of my career to serve this wonderful community. I have treasured my ten years at the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District and will forever be a proud panther!

Forever in my heart,