Martha Nogare has been at Pueblo West High for 20 years and help to built the school from the ground up. This will be her last year being it’s principal. She is going into retirement, which she has earned for the countless hours she has spent with her students and other teaching staff.
Even though she is leaving, that doesn’t mean she will stop being a cyclone. “I plan on attending events to be a part of this school because I love this school and I have a great deal of pride and joy in this school,” Nogare stated.
Students can thank her for the unique traditions we have, like the Pigskin Classic and Powderpuff. Nogare explained that she was here when there were only 187 students and the building only consisted of the Main Gym. She was the Student Council sponsor at the time, and was put in charge of establishing, clubs, sports, and traditions for this new school. The principal at the time, Mrs. Taravella, told Nogare to do what she had to do to get the school up and running. “I started that by bringing some of the things from other schools that I know students would enjoy, like homecoming traditions, dances and kings and queens and that sort of thing, the different sport opportunities, different clubs, and activities.”
Pueblo West High has become well-known for its excellence not only in academics, and athletics, but also the atmosphere of the student body. Nogare explained that the culture of the school, and everything that has contributed to forming it, is one of her favorite things about the school.
She described how she can relate to the current class of graduating seniors, “What’s funny is you look at students that are just going through this school and understand that how quickly the years go… if I had to redo it [my career], I would do exactly the same thing. I would want to be in exactly the same place, doing what I am doing today. No regrets what so ever.”
While Nogare is very proud of the school and what it has developed into today, she claims that she will definitely not miss all that paperwork; with 74 staff members, teacher evaluations are a very long process for everyone involved. She explains, “The bureaucracy side of education is tough and it is very demanding.”
On the other hand, the hardest thing for her to leave behind is her students. Nogare described what keeps her going while working in education, “High school students, it’s my life, it’s my passion.”
One thing she is excited for is “being the manager of my own time.” Nogare loves to be outside. She likes to keep up with her garden and travel to visit new places. She and her husband are hoping to go to a resort in Mexico.
Nogare describes another project she is looking forward to working on, “My daughter is getting married a year from now, on April 28th, so my guess is that we will be spending a lot of time planning because he’s Italian, she’s Italian with big families and we are going to have this huge wedding.”
Mrs. Nogare is arguably the best principal that Pueblo West has ever had. Her leadership and friendship will be missed. On behalf of the CyChron and the student body, we all want to wish her a happy retirement!