After 36 years as a Mountain Area teacher, Joanne Cable has gracefully shifted into her new role as retiree following the close of this school year.
Cable earned her degree and teaching credential at Fresno State University, and began her career at the Ahwahnee Hills School for Neglected Boys in 1980. She worked part-time for a few years after becoming a mom in 1987, and spent many years working as a special education teacher and coordinator for the Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary School District before taking her final teaching position at Mountain Home School Charter in 2004.
“Joanne made a difference in the lives of children by helping them achieve their educational goals,” Western Sierra Charter Schools Principal Mindy Klang said. “She monitored, assessed and accommodated individual differences, abilities, and learning styles to make every student feel valued and successful. Whether in front of a class or working individually with students and families, she established a positive rapport with students and parents.”
Just because she won’t have to contend with a hectic teaching schedule doesn’t mean Cable won’t be busy post-retirement.
She plans on traveling with her husband of 33 years, Alan, both inside and outside the states, spending more time in their second home in Grover Beach, becoming more connected with her friends, and making more frequent trips to visit her daughter, Megan, who works as a CPA in San Francisco. In any time she has left over, she may try her hand at quilting.
As a child, Joanne spent summers at her grandparent’s beach home in Newport Beach, so she can’t wait to get back to coastal living.
Once Alan retires from Sierra Tel, the couple plan on retiring to the Central Coast to enjoy beach life, good books, walks on the sand, and more fun times with family and friends. Joanne also loves spending time in her succulent plant garden, for which she searches out new varieties while exploring the small coastal towns and out-of-the-way spots.
“The nice part about retiring from doing what you do so well is there is no more rushing around to meet deadlines and complete tasks,” Klang continued. “The bad part is how much we will miss working with her. We thank you for your years of dedication for improving the lives of children.”
Alan is looking forward to his wife’s retirement.
“I’ve always admired Joanne for her commitment to put kids first,” he said. “I’ve seen how she has touched the lives of many in the Mountain Area over the years. There are so many people that she’s enjoyed working with, people she will truly miss. She’ll have a blast being retired, and it’s been fun seeing this big smile on her face, but give her a little time to unwind and I’m sure she’ll get into some type of volunteer work, because it’s just her nature to help others. She’s just the best.”