Pine City Schools Honor Retirees
The Pine City School District honored its retiring educators during a ceremony Monday in the elementary school media center.
Honored retirees (bio’s done by Candy Ames)
Senior high biology teacher Jim Sloan has three reflections about his career that will guide the next phase of his life. First, Jim states to, “Do it with passion, gusto, and make it part of who you are.” He also feels strongly about the need to build relationships, noting, “Nothing is accomplished without an understanding, acceptance, and honesty with those around you.” Finally, Jim stresses the importance of asking for help, support, and love to do the job and live one’s life well, focusing also on giving back to others. Not only is Jim interested in science, particularly environmental science, but he is also interested in public policy issues that involve the environment, trails, and clean water. As a scientist, he believes in “measures of central tendency”.
One of Mary Kay Sloan’s favorite quotes is, “Being fair doesn’t mean that everyone is treated equally.” Over the years Mary Kay has been a tremendous influence to the students in her reading, language arts, study skills, basic skills, and junior high ALC classes. When students completed their senior surveys, Mary Kay received a pile of messages from learners whose lives she has impacted. Mary Kay has also coached and advised the junior high student council. She serves on the Pine City Planning Commission and looks forward to having more time to golf, bike, and work on her quilting projects.
Title I paraprofessional Shelley Worrel, who began her employment at Pine City Elementary in 1983. She has always been a leader and role model. For two years in the 1980’s, Shelley was involved with the Minnesota Educational Effectiveness Program. She was in charge of the concession stand for field day for 14 years and has many outside interests as well. These include reading, gardening, cooking, fishing, and playing tennis. Shelley and her husband, former school board member Jack Worrel, will be taking a Panama Canal cruise in the fall off 2010.
Kindergarten teacher Joyce Benson, who started at Pine City Elementary in 1969 and has taught in 3 different buildings over the course of 41 years. She has been active in the East Central and Minnesota State Kindergarten Associations. This fall when the leaves are turning in New England, Joyce will be in Maine and Vermont. She believes that to be a good teacher, one must be patient, tolerant, and a good listener.
Arlette Miller was officially hired in October 1995, but she was actually a vital part of the Food Service team as a versatile (fill in anywhere needed) substitute for more than 5 years prior to her being hired. Known as the “Salad Bar Lady” she took on the challenges of the alternate line as changes where made for the need of additional hot food choices. She wasn’t just lettuce anymore. The Students & Staff appreciate her warm smile and caring way greeting them as they visited the alternate meal line. Arlette is an active member of the East Central Chapter 25 of the Minnesota School Nutrition Association, holding the office of Treasure, President Elect and President. Currently she is the Chairperson for the Scholarship Committee. She plans on continuing her membership with the Association as a retiree. Arlette has attended every state conference since 1996 and attended 5 National Conferences including last year held in Las Vegas.
Served the District for 41 years
Kathy Stephan’s husband, Greg, told her that if she didn’t retire and come with him on trips to Alaska and the many national parks they want to see, he’d go anyway and send post cards to her school address! So Kathy, who has been an elementary teacher for 29 years, since 1978, decided to hand over her teaching, PCEA, and Continuing Education Committee responsibilities to someone else. When she is not traveling, Kathy plans to garden, read, play tennis, go 4-wheeling and snowmobiling. She loves literature and shared it with her own children, Patrick and Amanda, as well as the students in her classes.
In addition to being an elementary teacher, Ruth Redd holds a parent education license. She has worked in classrooms and DI reading at Pine City Elementary and enjoys civic participation such as the Arts Council and theatre. She also accompanies choirs. Retirement will give Ruth time to travel among her three children in Louisiana, the Twin Cities, and Pierre, S.D.
Since coming to Pine City High School in 1985, Ken has served as junior high counselor, chemical health coordinator, testing coordinator, social studies teacher in the regular program and the ALC. Ken has served as both the J.V. and head wrestling coach. Ken is an astute observer of current affairs and notes that, “Students aren’t any brighter or smarter than they were 41 years ago” when he started. Over the years, he has met with many parents as he helps their youngsters transition to the junior high program. Now, on behalf of the Board of Education and Administration, I wish to thank and congratulate Ken and all of this year’s retirees for all you have done for the Pine City School District.