In Good Company
Retirees prepare to jump ship for friendlier seas

In Good Company
Retirees prepare to jump ship for friendlier seas

You might not be able to catch West High counselor Denise Compton after June 3 – at least for a while.  In just a few days she and more than 40 other KHSD employees are joining the ranks of the retired.  And she’s got itchy feet.

“I’m going to miss the interaction,” she said.  “It’s been my whole life for 45 years – I’m going to cry the last day.”
“I have lots of trips planned,” she said.  “In the fall I’m going to walk from France to Spain on the Camino de Santiago.”
The pilgrimage route is 500 miles long; Compton said it’s something she’s always wanted to do, and now she has the time to do it.  It’s an exciting adventure, but she says the accommodations along the route are a mixed bag.
“I was planning on staying in these $10 per night hostels,” she said.  “But I have a friend going with me, so we’ll actually be staying in cartels where we’ll have private rooms.”
Definitely a people-person, Compton’s been with KHSD for 25 years both as a math teacher and counselor; previously she held positions at Garces Memorial High School, in the southland and in Bangladesh.  She says she devoted a large percentage of her time to her career – she loves the kids. With trips to Denver and Canada slated for this summer and then later India, the counselor is pretty scheduled out.  She’ll also be welcoming a grandbaby in June and splitting her time between Bakersfield and a beach home on the central coast.  Compton says one of the nicest things about the idea of retirement is the anticipation of being able to putter around in the garden, nap or doddle in a perpetual Saturday state of mind.

“I’m looking forward to just getting up in the morning and having a cup of coffee without rushing,” she said.