The Union Recorder

May 23, 2012

Creekside principal’s retirement is bittersweet

From staff reports
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — The faculty and staff of Creekside Elementary School held a celebratory reception for Principal Dianne Popp Monday as she prepares for retirement.

Popp is proud to know that she had a hand at molding her former students Christi Blizzard, Jayne Rouarke and Pam Brookins as they grew into her very own loving, caring teachers at Creekside.  

Born at the Richard Binion Hospital in Baldwin County, Popp attended Midway Elementary School before graduating from Baldwin High School in 1970. She earned three degrees from Georgia College — a bachelor's and a master's in elementary education, and a specialist's degree in early childhood education. Popp was distinguished as the Midway Elementary Teacher of the Year for the 1996 to 1997 school year.

She joined the Creekside family in August 1998 as assistant principal and became principal in July 2005.

Popp will officially retire June 30.

Popp is a member of Harmony Baptist Church. Now with more time on her hands at the age of 60, Popp also hopes to keep busy by working with young adults at one of the local colleges.