So Long, Rosalie—Enjoy Those Vacations!

By Ron Savagé

Retirements at Pueblo High School are always sad occasions for the staff and students who have to bear the agony of missing these employees, but retirements are especially sad in December because part of our beloved Pueblo community will not be with us in the new year.

But, Ms. Rosalie Sinteral, Pueblo’s registration attendance clerk for the past six years, has made up her mind. After juggling with the idea of staying another semester or even another full school year, she announced several weeks ago that she would, indeed, retire after more than 31 years in Tucson Unified School District.

“Despite knowing how much I’m going to hate leaving my Pueblo family, it’s time I retire,” Sinteral said. “I just feel that it’s the right time for me at this point in my life.”

Sinteral began her years in the district at several elementary schools—three years at Manzo, 17 years at Ochoa and five years at Grijalva. After her husband passed away, she decided to devote more time at work, which is what motivated her to come to Pueblo, where she works virtually year-round.

“I wanted to be at a school where I could work full-time,” Sinteral said. “When I first came to Pueblo, I needed to work more hours because it was good for my soul.”

Despite being a Tucson High School graduate (1976), Sinteral said that part of her heart is here at Pueblo.

“I’ve always felt at home here,” Sinteral said. “Truly, over the past six years, Pueblo’s staff is like a giant welcoming family who has always made me feel loved.”

Students, too, have expressed their love for Sinteral.

“Some of the students I knew from Grijalva Elementary School are here at Pueblo,” she added. “And there’s no way that I’m going to miss their graduation ceremonies in the next two or three years.”

She added that she felt especially close to students when they called her “Nana”, “Tia” or just simply, “Rosalie”.

“I never thought of students calling me by my first name was disrespectful,” Sinteral said, “because to me it just meant they felt they could trust me or they felt closer to me, like a friend.”

Sinteral said that she will also be returning for sporting events—as well as occasionally popping in to have lunch with her “lunch pals”, Ms. Susie Ugalde, administrative secretary, and Ms. Amalia Salazar, Native American student services counselor.

“These two ladies have been a lot of fun to know and have made my job a whole lot easier,” Sinteral said.

The feeling is definitely mutual…

Salazar said, “Rosalie has been a very good friend to me. She has exceptional qualities, including a willingness to always help make our lives easier here at Pueblo. She will be greatly missed. I’d like to personally say to Rosalie: ‘Enjoy your retirement to the fullest, and thank you for your gift of friendship.’”

Ugalde said, “For the thousands of people who came through those main doors, Rosalie was always welcoming and respectful. Personally, she has been a great friend to me in the six years. She also always remembered everybody’s birthdays! I will so very much miss having lunch with her.”

Sinteral said that she’s not the “rocking chair” type. She plans to spend time with her mother, as well as her nine grandchildren—who vary in age from 20 years old to 11 months old.

“Maybe I’ll have the time to finally travel like I’ve always wanted to,” Sinteral said. “I’ve always wanted to go to Hawai’i, so that is high on my list. Also, I would love to visit an old friend in San Antonio [Tex.] and, of course, go see Graceland in Memphis [the home of Elvis Presley].”

Sinteral especially wants to thank everybody at Pueblo for being the “special community” it has been for her—and always will be.

“There’s a magic here at Pueblo that I have seldom felt anywhere else,” she added. “I never want to hear that magic disappearing. What a wonderful, magical place this has been for me!”

Upon retirement, Sinteral said that she just wants to take life one day at a time.

“I don’t want to stress about my future,” Sinteral said. “I don’t want to miss the whole point of retirement.”

Uomoto ReTIRES from Pueblo, Expands Bike Business

By Julio Moreno

After a dozen years as a science teacher at Pueblo Magnet High School, Mr. James Uomoto decided to retire last month at the end of the first semester —or, as he would prefer to call it: “to switch his focus.”

Since ’02, Uomoto taught freshman integrated science and physics. He occasionally interjected to his students not only his enthusiasm for his subject matter, but his passion for his other job—owning and maintaining a motorized bicycle shop, which he affectionately calls “U-MOTO Motorized Bicycles”.

“I am not actually retiring,” Uomoto asserted. “I’m just transitioning to my business full-time.”

Although excited for the success of his bike business, Uomoto said that he could not deny his sadness about leaving Pueblo, his home, after 12 years.

“I will definitely miss helping students grow and achieve, being part of the process of helping student better themselves,” he said. “I’m also going to miss the faculty and staff here at Pueblo because they are truly the standard of excellent education.”

Uomoto said that he was inspired by his father, an Amphi Middle School teacher, to become an educator after witnessing the joy that his students brought to him.

He added that education is not a particularly easy field to dive into, but wants future educators to know some of the most valuable lessons he has learned while at Pueblo.

“You [new teachers] definitely need to develop a sense of humor early on,” Uomoto said, “and don’t take things to seriously or you’ll go crazy!”

“Teaching always comes with its share of challenges,” he said. Uomoto’s biggest challenge, he said,” was finding new ways to inspire students and to engage them intellectually.”

“The challenge is to motivate students to find the answers as to why they need to pursue education in life,” he said. “It’s a good challenge, though, don’t get me wrong. Anything in life worth doing is a challenge, and I appreciate it because it has helped me become better at my craft.

With a heavy heart, Pueblo Magnet High School says its goodbyes to Mr. James Uomoto and wishes him luck in all of his future endeavors.

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Coach Gary Crane Retires From Warrior Basketball

Pueblo’s athletic department is sad to announce the retirement of  Gary Crane as head basketball coach.  After 35 years of loyal service to his alma mater, Coach Crane has decided to move on to another chapter in his life.

In his own words:

Friends & Family:

This past Monday (Feb. 28), after much deliberation I decided to resign my position as varsity boy’s basketball coach, thus, severing the last string that attached me to Pueblo High School. For thirty-five years, Pueblo High School was the center of my entire professional life. While the decision was and still remains very difficult, I believe it was simply time for me to take the next step in my life. I would like to be available to help shapes the lives of some other children, my grandchildren. First and foremost, I want to spend more time with my loving wife who has without reservation given up her summers and holidays to support me throughout this endeavor.

Gary Crane

Gary & Kelly Crane at last home game this season.

Coach Crane has touched many young athletes here at Pueblo and his presence will be missed!

On behalf of the entire Pueblo family, enjoy your retirement Coach.

Coach Crane (Far Left) in 1977.