Susan Lyle, the principal of Dr. Edward L. Whigham Elementary School in Cutler Bay, has announced her retirement and was honored during an informal ceremony in the school’s cafeteria on Wednesday, June 5.
She received flowers and Cutler Bay Vice Mayor Ernie Sochin attended to recognize her accomplishments and wish her well. In reflecting on her career, Lyle expressed her thoughts on retiring.
“My experience with Miami-Dade County Public Schools has been amazing and I will truly miss the children and all the dedicated teachers and staff who work so hard to meet the educational needs of all students,” Lyle said.
Her career spanned 27 and a half years in the school system, touching the lives of many students during that time.
“Hopefully I have made an impact on some,” Lyle said. “That’s why we’re educators. So hopefully it’s been some impact. It’s kind of intrinsically rewarding.”
Vice Mayor Sochin had high praise for the departing principal and her role in the community.
“One of the most involved principals that I have encountered,” Sochin said. “I questioned her eligibility to retire. She just looks too young! She has been a boost to Cutler Bay from the get go.”
Fourth grade teacher Marilyn Horne also had praise for Lyle and said that she will miss working with her.
“Every thought Susan thinks and every action she takes is always with the children’s best interest at heart,” Horne said.
“She is remarkable, faithful, and dedicated to her profession. Surely she has carried her share of the load and I wish her a long and happy retirement.”
Lyle said that she is looking forward to beginning “the next chapter” of her life, but did not elaborate on her plans.
Whigham Elementary School is located at 21545 SW 87 Ave.