Longtime Lake Oswego High School secretary retires
"Every day I've wanted to come to work."
That's what Terrie Tamblyn Sheik said about her job as the lead secretary at Lake Oswego High School. After about 30 years with the district, 20 of those spent at LOHS, she's about to retire in December.
She called her work with the district "a family experience." Her parents were educators. Tamblyn Sheik's children grew up in the district, became educators themselves and even taught in the district for a while. All through those years, she was working as a secretary at the elementary, middle and eventually high school level, while also taking on roles like cheer coach and serving on a previous bond committee.
"I've been able to do so many things under this umbrella so I feel very fortunate," she said.
Not many people want to spend all day around high school students. Sheik wouldn't have had it any other way.
"I think that high schoolers are great teachers. I have learned so much from them," Tamblyn Sheik said.
"We have got such bright, smart kids in this school and you can learn from them if you're willing to."
LOHS Principal Rollin Dickinson said she is rooted in the history and tradition of the school, while also always looking for ways to grow and innovate.
"Terrie is the go-to person at our school for seemingly everyone," he said. "To be that kind of trusted, enduring, spirited person in our school is just remarkable."
She said some of her most cherished memories are of seemingly mundane days: Walking around Lake Oswego with the bond committee, and being on the football field on a game night.
"I think one of the fondest memories was watching the old building go down and the new go up," she said.
She said she'd be remiss to not mention the one thing she's probably most famous for: the cookies she brought in every Friday.
"I would bake them every Thursday night and bring them in," she said.
She said she would make anywhere between six and eight dozen cookies each week.
The cookie day tradition was a way for Sheik to do what she loves the most: foster community.
Now that she's retiring she looks forward to investing in her family more.
"I'm looking forward to my own time and probably mostly to spending time with my four grandchildren," Tamblyn Sheik said.
She said she also really wants to travel.
"When it opens up I'd really like to do some traveling. I've never been abroad," she said.
Aside from that, Sheik said she's embracing this bittersweet transition period.
"I just want to open up my heart to whatever there is next for me," she said.
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