By: Kindra Sarver
Longtime teacher and mentor Barbara Heckert has decided to retire after 40 years at Ripley High. Many students, faculty, and advisors believed this day would never come.
After considering all options Heckert has decided that it is time to end her career here. She wants to start focusing more on the music portion of her life. After moving to New Orleans, LA, Heckert will start her own jazz ensemble.
“I know my intelligence is something sought after by many students, but I am happiest when I am behind a piano and making music,” said Heckert.
Though she will no longer be living in Ripley, we still will have opportunities to see Heckert. She plans on touring with her band, and is very persistent that Charleston will be one of the stops.