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Retiring teachers honored

By Staff | May 27, 2010

Estherville Lincoln Central retiring teachers were honored at a coffee Wednesday at the high-school cafeteria. From left are Peggy Semrad, Larry Stine, Carla Ridout, Diana Sanders, Collette Travis, Mike Clague, Marcia Roehler and Diana Reiter. Not pictured is Steve Watt. EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

It takes a lot of work to be a teacher.

To the unknowing, teachers’ days start a little after eight and ends at 3:30 and they get three months of vacation each summer.

However, to those who really know, a teacher’s day is much longer. A teacher spends a minimum of two hours preparation for each hour in the classroom. And oh, by the way. Those summer vacations? They’re actually spent taking classes, attending workshops, researching class materials and rereading texts that are updated about every two years.

Nine Estherville Lincoln Central teachers and employees were honored Wednesday for their service to the district. Those feted were Michael Clague, Diana Reiter, Carla Ridout, Marcia Roehler, Diana Sanders, Peggy Semrad, Larry Stine, Collette Travis and Steve Watt.

Superintendent Dick Magnuson thanked the retirees for their years of service, dedication, motivation and community service but “mainly for our students.”

“Some of these children will come back and thank you,” Magnuson said.

Clague, with 26 years of service to the district, said his 30 years of teaching overall began in Minnesota before he came to Estherville. He specifically thanked Dale and Dorothy Green who were present. “Dale is my mentor,” Clague acknowledged.

Watt, who was unable to attend, was honored for his long service career of 20 years of service at Lincoln Central followed by another 17 at ELC.

Ridout was recognized for 33 years of service and Stine for 32 years.

“I’ve seen the good, the bad and unfortunately the ugly,” said Sanders. “It’s been 26 years I’ll never forget.”

“I want to thank my team,” Travis said, capping off 30 years in education. “It’s just been a fun experience.”

“I am going to miss them (kids) lot,” said Semrad, capping off 29 years of service at Lincoln Central and ELC combined.

Roehler’s 20 years of service started in the special ed area before she went on to teach second grade.

“I’ve enjoyed working with all the people I’ve gotten to meet. My only regret is that I didn’t start sooner,” said Reiter, who as an employee in the cafeteria undoubtedly had as large of an influence on students as some of their teachers.

Elementary principal Kris Schlievert offered special thanks to retiring elementary staff.

Lili Jensen offered special acknowledgement to Stine, chief negotiator for the ELC Education Association for the past 25 years.

“He has been a wonderful mentor for me,” Jensen said.