Farewell Letter from Shelley Lobell

May 14, 2021

Dear Bayhill Community,

It is with a heavy heart that I am writing to say farewell, as I prepare to retire as Executive Director of Bayhill High School June 30, 2021. I have written hundreds of letters to parents and colleagues, this by far is the hardest.

After 41 years as a private school administrator, I have made the decision to retire from the everyday responsibilities of running a school. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Bayhill, with all its ups and downs, twists and turns, yet always forward movement. I could not have asked for a better program to spend my last years as an educator. I am proud to have been associated with such a stellar program.

When I start to reminisce I can recall so much – creative curriculum and programming, camping trips, dances, dodgeball games, feasts, proms and graduations. Over my 10 years here, I have welcomed hundreds of families and students into the Bayhill Community. I have watched students find their strengths and grow into prosperous adults. It has filled my soul with joy.

Bayhill High School is a unique and special place. It brings the best out in students, empowering them to learn in an environment that supports their learning style. I will miss them, with their antics, jokes, challenges that make me laugh, smile and at times cringe. I hope those students have kept in their heart the importance of doing their “personal best”.

I will miss the faculty, who are dedicated, committed and creative educators, working hard everyday on behalf of students. These amazing educators gave me the inspiration to create, develop and support the mission of Bayhill. And to the Board, thank you for your endless support.

I will continue to pursue my passion in special education as a consultant to Bayhill High School, working to expand the program. I will also supervise intern teachers and volunteer in the field. Of course, I will also enjoy the best retirement has to offer – travel, creative endeavors, relaxation, and a less structured lifestyle.

My heart is full of my Bayhill memories that will stay with me forever. I will miss all of you who have passed through our doors.

With the leadership of Donna Austin, I know the school will continue to flourish. I wish all the Bayhill Community, past and current, the very best for a bright and prosperous future.


Shelley Lobell