By: Meredith Baker, Staff Writer
July 15, 2017 | 12:00 p.m.
CARSON – Longtime Rowanty Technical Center Bookkeeper Sue Upton is retiring after 41 years of service to area school divisions. She has worked at Rowanty Technical Center ever since it opened its doors. She attributes her decision to continue working at the school for so long in part to what she considers her favorite part of the job: working with the teachers and the students.
“You had some great teachers, and I really enjoyed working with them,” Upton said. “And the students that I worked with, all of them were really, really great.”
Upton is originally from Carson, Virginia, not far from Rowanty. She graduated from Prince George High School and worked at the Colonial Imports car dealership and at the Union Camp paper company before turning to the field of education. She has had a number of responsibilities at Rowanty, including ordering supplies, coding bills, handling the activity account, registering students, doing payroll, and serving as the school board clerk.
Upton said that while the operational aspect of the school has largely stayed the same over the years, the school’s programs have seen some changes, and students today have more equipment they can use and more opportunities to earn certifications.
“It’s a great opportunity for the students,” Upton said.
In an email, Rowanty Principal Cheryl Simmers commented on the importance of Upton’s role at Rowanty.
“Ms. Upton has been the linking pin for administrative operations at Rowanty since the school opened and will be sorely missed,” Simmers said. “The Rowanty family wishes her nothing but happiness as she begins her retirement. She will always be welcomed at Rowanty with open arms.”
Upton has two sons and a daughter-in-law, Craig and Jason and his wife, Jessica, and three grandchildren, Alexis, Jackson, and JaLynn. She plans to spend more time gardening and possibly traveling now that she has retired.