District says goodbye to dedicated staff

  • By KAT SORENSEN
  • Sunday, May 21, 2017 7:45pm
  • News

As the school year comes to a close, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is saying goodbye to more than just this year’s graduating class.

“This is a bittersweet time of year with our staff,” Superintendent Sean Dusek said in a statement. “We are losing some excellent educators and support staff, and while it is sad they are leaving the district, it is also a time to be thankful for their contributions and also wish them well on their next adventure.”

With a cumulative total of nearly 800 years of working in the district, the following staff will be retiring or resigning.

Rosemary Bird, 37 years

Kenai Middle School Choir and Home Economics Teacher

Teri Zopf-Schoessler, 33 years

Soldotna High School English and Drama Teacher

Mo Sanders, 30 years

Montessori Charter School Administrator

Kenneth Roser, 30 years

Kenai Middle School Physical Education and Health Teacher

Daniel Calhoun, 30 years

Homer Middle School Math Teacher

Linda Raemaker, 29 years

Soldotna High School Social Studies Teacher

Bill Noomah, 28 years

McNeil Canyon Elementary School Fifth Grade Teacher

Katie Blossom, 25 years

Tustumena Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher

David Fischer, 25 years

Kenai Middle School Math and Science Teacher

Michele Stenger, 25 years

Kachemak-Selo Kindergarten and First grade Teacher

Laurie Olson, 24 years

District Office Director of Finance

Martha Shirley, 22 years

Skyview Middle School Special Education Resource Teacher

Laurie Martin, 20 years

Paul Banks Elementary School Second Grade Teacher

Carol Boehmler, 17 years

Sterling Elementary School Third and Fourth Grade Teacher

David Kingsland, 17 years

Seward Elementary School Administrator

Teri Diamond, 17 years

Soldotna Elementary School Administrator

Janet Szajkowski, 16 years

Connections Home School Program Generalist Teacher

Kimberly Johnson, 15 years

Chapman School Second Grade Teacher

Leobof Dorvall, 32 years

Nikolaevsk School ELL Tutor and Food Service Manager I-S

Daniel Hastings, 31 years

Student Nutrition Services Districtwide Kitchen Manager

Marilyn Dvorak, 28 years

Homer Flex and West Homer Elementary Custodian I, Food Service Cashier

Phyllis Halstead, 27 years

Kenai Alternative High School School Secretary II

Eric Benson, 26 years

Paul Banks Elementary School Head Custodian II

Jean Calhoun, 26 years

West Homer Elementary School School Secretary III

Pamela Howard, 26 years

Tebughna School School Nurse

Catherine Patterson, 26 years

Sterling Elementary School Food Service Manager I-S

Teresa Dalebout, 24 years

Soldotna Prep School Special Education Aide

Stuart Laurion, 23 years

Soldotna High School Special Education Aide

Penny Duncan, 22 years

Seward High School Head Custodian III

Dolan “Wayne” Cowan, 20 years

Kenai Middle School Head Custodian II

Mary Helminski, 20 years

Redoubt Elementary School School Secretary III

Diane Ames, 19 years

Nikiski North Star Elementary School Food Service Cashier, Kitchen Assistant

Barbara Njaa, 18 years

Central Peninsula Area Schools ELL Tutor

Andrea Fischer, 15 years

Kenai Middle School Food Service Manager I-S

“Thanks and best of luck goes to all our retirees and staff moving on to other adventures. You will be missed,” Dusek said.

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