Greetings Fellow GCREA Members,


I hope this greeting finds you and your loved ones well and continuing to adapt to our life as is now with the COVID-19

Pandemic. This is my first official greeting to you all as the incoming President for GCREA for the 2020-2021 term. It is

such an honor to serve in this capacity, and I look forward to serving you, getting to know you all, and continuing to

support the goals and initiatives of our fine organization.


First of all, I want to thank our out-going President, Jan Calkins, and her Leadership team of officers who have served us

well during the 2019-2020 year. WOW!!! What a year it was… moving to two venues, and then the COVID-19 Pandemic

keeping us from the joy of meeting together at all!!!  Jan served with excellence and grace, and we thank YOU who served

with her as Executive Officers and Committee Chairs who continued to serve us well and keep us engaged and informed. Many

of our out-going officers have served in their roles for several years, and we ALL have some big shoes to fill!!! We appreciate all

of your service for GCREA and appreciate your leadership and support with our organization. We have several awards we will share and spend time honoring these officers when we can meet face-to-face.


Just a little about who I am… I am a long-time resident of Gwinnett County, residing in the Harbins Community of Dacula, Georgia where I have lived since the 5th grade. My parents, Reid and Deloris Mullins, built their home on property here, and my husband, John and I built our home beside them when we married 28 years ago. John and I have two children. Our son Parker and his lovely wife, Carroll, live in Rome, Georgia. Our daughter Perrin and her sweet husband, Kyle, live in Midtown. I served 30 years wonderful years with Gwinnett County Public Schools. I taught grades 4 – 6 in the following schools: Grayson Elementary, Lawrenceville Middle School, Creekland Middle School, and Harbins Elementary School. Then I transitioned to an Assistant Principal role working at Magill Elementary School and opening Rosebud Elementary School in the South Gwinnett Cluster. From there I served as the Principal of Hopkins Elementary School, I and retired as a Principal from Rock Springs Elementary School in the spring of 2018. This past year I served as a part-time professor with Georgia Gwinnett College supervising seniors who were student teaching. Due to budget cuts for this fall, they were unable to re-hire us part-time professors, so I am now working part-time at a Physical Therapy Clinic in Dacula, Georgia where I serve as the Lead Receptionist. I love this job and the new learning opportunities it affords me, yet I am able to draw upon my leadership skills to serve our clients and support our physical therapists.


Many of you have communicated with me already, and I have enjoyed talking with or emailing you to get to know you as well. In this newsletter you will see our Goals for the 2020-2021 Year, our Meeting Dates, and Community Service Projects we will support this year.  We will continue to focus on supporting current and future educators with scholarships. Your support of these projects, goals and initiatives are appreciated.


We are in the process of updating our Website. Please use our website as a resource to keep abreast of current information and refer those you know who want to join to our website: www.gcrea.org.


We need for you to recruit members and help our organization to be a voice for public education within the system and the state of Georgia. If you know a retiree who is not a member of GCREA/GREA, please encourage them to join and direct them to our website or have them call me for membership information.  


Our teachers working now need our support, encouragement, and positivity more than ever. Thank you for continuing to be a positive advocate for teachers and our great profession.


Our meeting Venue… when we are able to finally meet again… is Sugarloaf Country Club. We are excited to have this new venue and they are looking forward to working with our organization. Please note… our first meeting scheduled for September 18, 2020 is CANCELLED due to COVID-19.


Please let our Executive Board know how we may help you. We all are excited to serve and support GCREA/GREA, and we look forward to seeing you all and serving you this year.


Warm Regards,

Penny Clavijo

             Our Purpose

To promote the economic, social, and professional status of retired educators, and the distribution of information of value to them.

To promote passage of legislation beneficial to retired educators and work toward the defeat of legislation harmful to retired educators.

To promote the advancement of high quality education to enable educators to maintain their interest in education and their fields of specialization.

To promote the involvement of retired educators in community service and the decision-making process in the State and Local communities.

To present the image of aging as one of dignity and independence.

To encourage active educators to begin retirement preparation well in advance of retiring.

Our History

Gwinnett Retired Educators Association (GCREA) began in 1972 as Gwinnett County Retired Teachers Association.  GCREA is a local unit of the Georgia Retired Educators Association (GREA).

GCREA and GREA are your voices with the state legislature and the Teachers Retirement System.  They also keep you informed of changes in the State Health Benefit Plan. Find this information on the RESOURCES PAGE.

GCREA and GREA continues to be the only organizations that concentrates exclusively on the needs of Gwinnett County retired educators.



Our Mission

The Gwinnett County Retired Educators Association is committed to uniting retired educators for fellowship, support and continued educational and community service. The Association will seek to improve benefits for all retired educators through cooperation with local, state and national organizations. (Adopted by the GCREA Governing Board, June 6, 2002)

GCREA is governed by an elected 

Executive Committee and a Board of Directors. These leaders are experienced, dedicated, and dependable professionals.