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Renaissance Man Mr. Pingry Retires

Grier wishes to congratulate Mr. James Pingry on his retirement after a long and esteemed career teaching Grier students skills in observation and self-expression. He has been a fixture at Grier for decades and his ability to nurture critical thinking, self-reflection, and an artist’s eye has influenced countless colleagues and students along the way.
Mr. Pingry’s students learned to capture images through the lens of a camera and develop their images using traditional darkroom methods. Mr. Pingry shared his love of making music on his guitar by hosting many an open mic night and performing regularly in the Grier Rock Band. He brought the wonder of words to life with his April poetry readings, inviting everyone to share in his passion for reading and writing poetry. He also connected with a local organization that hosted the Spring Thaw Art Art Show, giving Grier students a great opportunity to showcase their writing, artwork, and photography to the public. 

In his retirement, Mr. Pingry will continue to enjoy his diverse interests of photography, reading, writing, composing, communing with nature and acting as a steward of the earth. He and his wife, former Grier librarian and science teacher Ms. Pamela Kavanaugh, operate an organic farm in Huntingdon County. Mr. Pingry has been known to bring a lamb or two to visit Grier each spring, much to the delight of his students and has shared his farm’s produce and free-range chicken eggs with many in the Grier family. 

Because of COVID, we could not give him the retirement send off he deserves, but the Grier community will not soon forget the joy, humor, and intellect Mr. Pingry has shared with us over the years. We all extend a huge thank you to Mr. Pingry and wish him the very best!  


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