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Nevins named Distinguished Retiree of the Year

The Tri-Lakes Retired Teachers and School Personnel honored one of their members recently.  


Each year, the Tri-Lakes Chapter teams up with the Missouri Retired Teachers Association to recognize a member with the Distinguished Retiree Award. The recipient is selected due to his or her continued contributions to education.


This year's recipient of the Distinguished Retiree Award is Cindy Nevins, who began her teaching career in a third grade classroom in Sullivan, Missouri. Nevins later moved to Branson, where she had hoped to gain a position as a substitute teacher, but was hired to teach fifth grade. Nevins held that position for 14 years before leaving the traditional classroom to become the school's Reading Recovery Teacher.  


Nevins retired from the Branson School District in 2016, but continues in her commitment to the children in the area. Nevins volunteers regularly at the Library Center of the Ozarks (formerly Taneyhills Library) where she is instrumental in setting up and running children's programs and is a vital part of the library's Summer Reading program.


A member of the Retired Teachers organization noted, "Cindy has always been an advocate for teachers and children."


Nevins is the Tri-Lakes nominee for the statewide Distinguished Retiree Award.


The Tri-Lakes Retired Teachers and Public School Personnel meet monthly. All personnel are invited to join the organization. For more information, contact Ginger Witty, President, at


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