SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - After 10 years of serving as Superintendent of Springfield Schools, Nancy Golden is retiring at the end of the current school year.
"I think we're in a great transition right now," Golden said. "We've got great staff and a solid foundation."
Golden said it is a day she never thought would get here.
"I was so busy just doing the work and I just thought I was going to keep going until all the work was done," Golden said.
She started her career 40 years ago as a special education teacher.
"There's nothing more wonderful than being with a group of kids and introducing a concept and seeing them get it," Golden said.
In July of 2003, Nancy Golden assumed the position of superintendent for Springfield schools.
During her time in the district, Golden has served as Governor Kitzhaber's education policy advisor for six months and as his current alternate on the recently formed Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB).
Golden was named Oregon Superintendent of the Year in 2011 and has received numerous other prestigious awards for her leadership.
"It's not just this school community, but our entire community of Springfield who really knows Nancy and appreciates what she has done," said Gary Webber, a school board member with Springfield Schools. "She loves and cares so deeply for our children and our community."
"I couldn't ask for anything better than what I've had the last 10 years," Golden said.
The Springfield School Board will hold their first discussion on finding a replacement for Golden at their board meeting on Monday night.
Board officials hope to have a candidate to fill her role by early next spring.