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Ron Ingram's retirement marks end of almost 42-year career in education

July 01, 2012|By JANET HEIM | janeth@herald-mail.com
  • Ron Ingram is retiring after many years as an elementary and middle school principal in Washington County and most recently working at Frostburg at USMH.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

Ron Ingram’s retirement from Frostburg State University’s downtown Hagerstown location at the end of May marks the end of an almost 42-year career in education.

“It’s been real rewarding. I’ve seen the whole spectrum,” said Ingram, 62.

For nine years, the Washington County native helped students earn their master’s degrees in teaching. Prior to that, he was a teacher and principal at various Washington County public elementary and middle schools. He taught at Sharpsburg Elementary and Western Heights Middle School, then was principal at Potomac Heights Elementary, Fountain Rock Elementary and Smithsburg Elementary.

“Parents and children have allowed me as principal to be part of the family,” Ingram said.

He’s quick to add that success in education takes more than an individual, it takes a team.

“The other thing that was important was you needed support staff to work with you,” Ingram said.

Ingram sought many educational opportunities. He graduated from what then was Frostburg State Teacher’s College in 1971, then earned a master’s degree from Western Maryland College in 1975 and an education doctorate at University of Maryland at College Park in 1988.

In August, Ingram and his wife, Sharon, will celebrate 40 years of marriage and will take an anniversary trip to Alaska.

“For me to be a success, I had to have the support of family. Sharon has been a tremendous support, I’ll tell you,” Ingram said.

Sharon Ingram also was committed to education, working as a teacher for Washington County Public Schools for 30 years. 

In retirement, Ron Ingram said he’ll be busy. He’s active as an elder in the family’s church, Locust Valley Bible Church.

The Ingrams live on Sharon’s family farm in Sharpsburg, raising beef cattle.

“It’s a wholesome way to raise kids and grandkids,” Ingram said.

Ron and Sharon have a grown son and daughter, and five grandchildren ages 5 and younger.

The Ingrams recently purchased a second home near Charlottesville, Va., and look forward to enjoying the lake and fishing there.

“If I had it to do all over again, I’d do the same thing,” Ingram said.

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