WESTFIELD, NJ — Jeanette Munoz, principal of Jefferson Elementary School, announced this week that she will retire this summer after 14 years in the Westfield school system.

Munoz, who’s worked in education for 42 years, said it’s her time to step down and enjoy her family. She and her husband plan to spend more time together and visit Spain, where her husband is from.

“I’m looking forward to more time with my husband and grandchildren,” Munoz said. “I’m excited to travel back to Spain.”

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Munoz, who affectionately calls her students “little customers,” said they made every day joyful. She also thanked Jefferson’ faculty and parents for creating an incredible environment and doing what was best for the children every day.

“I’m most proud of making my mark on the school and building a community of learners and leaders,” Munoz said of her accomplishments.

She also plans to help and support the school’s next principal in creating a smooth transition. The board of education began the process of her retirement and the next principal’s hire at  Thursday's meeting.

“It was not an easy decision,” Munoz said of her retirement. “I love my work and the school. But I love moving ahead and will miss what I left behind.”