Retired marketing guru Valerie Glenn poses for a first day of school picture before heading to TMCC
Reno Gazette Journal
Kelly Glenn stood proud at the bottom of the front door steps.
She held up her phone, focused and did what everyone does on the first day of school.
She took the perfect first day of school photo.
But unlike what is all over social media this time of year, this first day of school picture was of her mom, Valerie Glenn.
Both posted it on Facebook to mark the occasion.
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Enrolled in a French class, Glenn, 64, says most of the class are students in their 20s. Most are taking the class as a requirement to graduate. But Glenn’s not the only one breaking stereotypes. There are two others in the class her age.
Glenn had a successful career in marketing, but after 40 years in the business retired and closed what was an institution in Reno, the Glenn Group. In March she shut the front doors of the advertising agency she started in 1989 with her father.
The University of Nevada, Reno graduate said she took French at Swope Middle and Reno High schools but never felt she was fluent enough to be conversational.
“I always said I would take lessons when I retired, and now that I am, figured I better put my money where my mouth is,” Glenn said, just hours after surviving her first day.
“I was scared to death to try this and figured I’d come away with this thinking, ‘Oh no. What have I done?'”
But she can’t wait for her next class on Wednesday.
She’s loving retirement and proudly wore flip flops on her first day of school.
“I live in flip flops because now I can.”
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