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Mrs. Zeko’s Retirement: A Legacy of Dedication and Inspiration


After 29 years of dedicated service at El Rancho High School, Mrs. Zeko, an esteemed English teacher, is bidding farewell to her beloved sophomore students and colleagues as she embarks on a new chapter: retirement. With a remarkable career spanning over two decades, Zeko leaves a legacy of passion, commitment, and unwavering support for her students.

Throughout her illustrious tenure, Zeko’s love for teaching and mentoring young minds has been evident to all who have known her. Her genuine enthusiasm for her students and subject matter has made her a beloved figure within the school community. “I love teaching sophomores who are the perfect age,” Zeko said. “They’re not too cool to play the games, but they’re not so young that they’re super squirrely. So I think it’s a great age to have fun in the classroom and do a lot of games and activities.”

Zeko’s journey into teaching was deeply rooted in her family background, as both her parents were educators. Her unwavering dedication to her students and her profession has been a source of inspiration for many. Despite initially aspiring to be a journalist, Zeko ultimately found her true calling in the classroom, where she could make a profound impact on the lives of her students.

As she bid goodbye to her teaching career, Zeko expressed her gratitude for the cherished memories and relationships she has formed over the years. “I’m going to miss the spirit of the kids. They bring a lot of joy. I will miss my colleagues. I will miss doing the gadabouts, the travel club. Those are the things I’ll miss,” Zeko said.

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However, Zeko’s retirement is not just about bidding farewell to the classroom; it’s also about embarking on new adventures. She enthusiastically shared her plans to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain, a journey that symbolizes her quest for peace, purpose, and self-discovery. Moreover, she looks forward to pursuing hobbies such as biking and swimming and engaging in activities like crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles with her partner, Mr. Zeko. Together, they are ready to embrace the joy and freedom that retirement brings.

Reflecting on her collaborative partnership with Mr. Zeko, her co-pilot, throughout her career, Zeko expressed deep appreciation for his unwavering support and camaraderie. “I want to thank Mr. Zeko for always supporting whatever scheme I came up with. He was always by my side and supporting it, doing with me, or pulling me along,” she said.

While the El Rancho High School community will dearly miss Zeko, her impact and influence will continue to resonate for years to come. Her genuine care for her students and her commitment to nurturing not just their minds, but their overall growth as individuals, have left an indelible mark on the school. As she sets out on this new chapter, we celebrate Zeko’s remarkable career and wish her all the best in her well-deserved retirement. We are inspired by her dedication and grateful for the positive changes she has brought to our community.

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Hey, I'm Jennifer Star Mendez. Most people call me Jen. I have created the videos known as Round-Up at The Ranch. I started junior year, and I have continued to my senior year. I'm the co-editor of El Rodeo. I love music and movies. I like The Smiths, The Cure, the Arctic Monkeys and Laufey. I plan on becoming a movie director; it's been my dream since I was 11. Now, if that doesn't work out, there are many other things I plan on doing, but I can't give you all my secrets. People say I'm very good at drawing and being a good leader. Moving to El Rancho in my junior year and being a part of representing the school has been a fantastic experience. I can't wait to try my best to improve El Rodeo and live up to the name.
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I'm Alexander Saavedra. I'm a senior at El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera, California. I've lived in Pico my whole life with my mom and brother. I went to Birney Tech Academy and STEAM Academy at Burke and now I'm here at El Rancho. Some things that I love to do are listen to music, watch sports, and hang out with friends. Normal teenager things to love.  My favorite artist at the moment is a music group called "Wave to Earth''. They play a very laid back/mellow type of music. But my favorite artist is always changing. And last but not least my favorite sport has to be soccer. With my favorite team being an LA team known as the LA Galaxy. They have their ups and downs but in the end, they'll always be my favorite!
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    Erika TorresJun 7, 2024 at 12:53 pm

    Mrs. Zeko!!
    First and foremost, congratulations! I love the experience I had with you in 98/99 and the amazing job you did with my son during COVID shut down. I am bummed that my promotion daughter won’t get to experience the AWESOMENESS that you bring to a learning experience. Congratulations and best wishes!

    Erika (Solis) Torres

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      adviserJun 7, 2024 at 1:25 pm

      Thank you Erika! I will pass this on to Charissa!