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Posted May 9, 2013

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Thomas McKinney, James Monroe MS

Thomas McKinney is retiring after nine years at James Monroe Middle School.

A long, long, long time ago I was born in a little village called Beloit, Kansas. I eventually graduated from Dickinson County Community High School in Chapman, Kansas. I partied for one year at Southern Nazarene University, then for some reason they wanted me to pay my school bill, so I joined the Marine Corp. That may not have been one of my brightest decisions, however, the GI Bill paid for a bachelor’s degree in religion, and a master’s in philosophy.

I then worked for the Church of the Nazarene for the next 31 years, first as the director of a social services program in the inner city area of Oklahoma City, then, just to make an extreme move, I shifted to direct a program to prepare Native American men and women for ministry activity on eight different reservations in the Southwest. When the church phased out this program I decided I probably ought to do something that might help with retirement so I taught public school for the last 10 years, one year in a charter school and now nine years at James Monroe.

I deeply appreciate the wonderful, dedicated staff at JMMS. Thank you for making this a wonderful experience.

For the past 10 years, I have also been the director of a small social ministry program that feeds the homeless and works to assist those who wish to get off the streets. I plan to continue with this project to keep busy and not drive my wife crazy by being around the house all the time.

Thanks to all of you for being such a wonderful group to work with.

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