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Celebrating Carol Coleman Schimpf: Chipley High School’s great gift and legacy

Monica Roberts and Margaret Coleman
Washington County News

CHIPLEY -- Saying goodbye to seniors is a bittersweet moment for faculty and staff each year. This year, Chipley High will get a double dose of the feeling as they say goodbye to a renowned colleague as well.

Carol Coleman Schimpf is retiring at the end of the school year after thirty-eight years of teaching at CHS. Over the years, she has taught numerous subjects including ENC 1101, ENC 1102, English 10-12, English Honors, Speech, Journalism, Humanities, Russian 1 and 2, English 4 College and Career Readiness, Drawing 1 and 2 and Leadership.

In 1991, Schimpf was selected to serve as the chair for the English department and is still currently in that role. She was selected by her peers as the Teacher of the Year in 2010, 2017 and 2020, and was recognized as the District teacher of the Year in 2010.

Chipley High School said they wanted to recognize Schimpf for her many years of dedicated service to the students and the school.

“While her teaching statistics and recognition are outstanding, those who know Carol Schimpf know that her most important contributions to Chipley High School are those student-centered extras that go far above her job requirements,” the school said.

Schimpf has also been the sponsor of the Chipley High School Student Council which is responsible for planning and implementing numerous activities for CHS students.

Schimpf also serves as the chair for homecoming and every year comes up with fun ideas and activities to make each class remember their homecoming as the best, in addition to forming and overseeing numerous committees designed to make homecoming week and the game special for students, staff and community alike. Schimpf has organized the annual PowderPuff football games, named for her late father, including signing up the participants, ordering team shirts, showing up for their practices and being at the games to assure that things run smoothly or deal with any issues that may arise.

This year’s graduation service will be bittersweet for Schimpf as she witnesses her final group of seniors receive their diplomas, but she said she has exciting things on the horizon.

“We at Chipley High School wish her the best, but realize that Chipley High School just won’t feel the same without her,” the faculty and staff at Chipley High said.