Marcia Harrison wraps up a 40-year career in education with her retirement June 30.

Marcia Harrison plans to become a snowbird once she hands over her office to newly-appointed Fairview Elementary School principal Melissa White.

Harrison, 62, will be able to start her travels July 1 as she ends a 40-year career in education that essentially got its start on the tiny Caribbean nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

"I grew up with educators in my family," she said. "When my parents went to the United States, they left me and my brothers with my grandparents and an aunt, who was the headmistress of a public school.

"It was the late 1950s and because I was the youngest when she was assigned as a headmistress on another island, she always took me with her."

Harrison joined her parents in Brooklyn, N.Y., at the age of 7 and after graduating with her teaching degree in 1973, spent 28 years in that borough's public school system, first as a teacher and then in administrative jobs, to include assistant principal.

She would have stayed there if it weren't for her husband's transfer to Dover, where he works for Bayhealth. She applied for and was accepted for the head job at Fairview at about the same time.

Now, 12 years later, she says her time at Fairview was a perfect way to cap her career.

"It's really been wonderful," she said. "I could not have worked for a better district."

Her biggest honor was when Fairview was named a national Blue Ribbon School and a national Title I distinguished school.

"I attribute that to all of the wonderful teachers, staff and families with whom I've worked," she said.

And Harrison does have some interesting things on her "to do" list.

"We'll certainly be traveling between New York and Delaware and we'll be going down to the Caribbean with my parents," she said. "Oh, my plans are grandiose!"