Bartosh reflects on retirement

Principal leaving after 15 years


Photo by Matt Meinheit

Superintendent Rodney Sumner and Principal Ann Bartosh

Monica Garza

Principal Ann Bartosh announced she is retiring after 15 years in her current position. She discusses the high points of her career and why she is leaving now.


How do you feel about retiring?

It is bittersweet. I am sad and happy. I will miss our students and all the crazy things that occur at schools as well as the staff. 

Did you know this was going to be your last year?

I made my decision late in the year. I just felt it was the best thing for me and my family. 

How was your experience being the principal?

The greatest experience of my life has been teaching and being a principal. It has been a wonderful journey. I have been so fortunate to work with so many great students and teachers. 

How long have you been working at TM?

30 years at TM, total of 38 years in education.

What is one of your best memories as a principal?

There are too many to count. Some of my favorite experiences are hiring TMHS grads as educators. I am so happy when they come back and teach.

Did the coronavirus affect your decision?

It did play a role. I had to think what is best for TM and I felt that my role could be impacted and impaired because I fall in the vulnerable age group. With so many unknowns I did not think it would be fair to possibly be less than 100% moving forward. I want TMHS to continue to lead Texas as a great school. 

What do you look forward to during retirement?  

Spending time with my grandchildren. I have a senior going to Yale, but will have two juniors left at home in Corpus and two little ones (5 & 9 year olds ) in San Antonio.