The Edmond Sun

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May 11, 2013

Record number of teachers, support personnel retire

EDMOND — Although this is not the largest group of retiring certified teachers, this year’s total of 49 certified teachers and 22 support personnel is the largest group of retirees in the history of Edmond Public Schools to date.

The number of years of service being lost by the Edmond Public Schools District totals 1,393, and the number of years in education totals 1,805 for the retirees. Last year at the May meeting 63 retirees were recognized, 52 of them certified teachers.

"We celebrate with all retiring employees as they enter this new phase of their lives,” said Superintendent David Goin. “At the same time we also want them to know they’ll be missed. These 71 colleagues have given a combined 1,393 years of service to Edmond Public Schools. Forty-one of this year’s retirees have 20 or more years of EPS service.

“Having devoted her entire career to EPS, retiring executive director of elementary education, Ms. Lynne Rowley, leads the class with 41 years of outstanding service to the children of our community. To each retiring employee, we extend a sincere, ‘Thank you and best wishes with your new endeavors!’”

Teachers, followed by the number of years they have taught in Edmond and the total number of years taught, the grade and school where they are teaching now are listed below:

• Lynne Rowley, 41 years, Edmond Public Schools, executive director of elementary education;

• Sally Leonard, 35 years in Edmond, 39 years total, 3rd grade, John Ross Elementary;

• Pat Dannels, 35 in Edmond total, elementary gifted and talented, West Field Elementary;

• Linda dela Garza, 33 years in Edmond total, financial secretary, Santa Fe High School;

• JoAnn Simpson-Miller, 31 years in Edmond, 34 years total, principal, Sunset Elementary;

• Vicki Thorpe, 29 years in Edmond, 36 years total, counselor, Clegern and Clyde Howell elementary schools;

• Drew Ackerman, 29 years in Edmond total, art, Sequoyah Middle School;

• Linda Thompson, 28 years in Edmond total, financial secretary, Memorial High School

• Carolyn Ruffin-Brown, 28 years in Edmond, 34 years total, elementary music, Sunset Elementary;

• Sherry Park, 28 years in Edmond, 38 years total, media specialist, Clegern Elementary;

• Darlene Estes, 28 years in Edmond total, cafeteria manager, Santa Fe High School;

• Betsy Smith, 27 years in Edmond total, physical therapist, Special Services Center;

• Brenda DeBoard, 27 years in Edmond, 38 years total, 4th grade, Charles Haskell;

• Leila Carpenter, 27 years in Edmond, 33 years total, 3rd grade, Charles Haskell;

• Bill Powell, 26 years in Edmond, 36 years total, principal, Clegern and Clyde Howell elementary schools;

• Diane Krakowski, 26 years in Edmond, 30 years total, 4th grade, Northern Hills Elementary;

• Katherine DeSpain, 26 years in Edmond total, student records secretary, Northern Hills Elementary;

• Jane Ann Crutchfield, 26 years in Edmond, 33 years total, 1st grade, Chisholm Elementary;

• Mark Becannen, 26 years in Edmond, 31 years total, social studies, Santa Fe High School;

• Roberta Ward, 25 years in Edmond, 28 years total, 2nd grade, Charles Haskell Elementary;

• Ramona Wagner, 24 years in Edmond, 24 years total, custodian, Cheyenne Middle School;

• Sandra Owens, 24 years in Edmond, 38 years total, full-day kindergarten, Northern Hills Elementary;

• Jet Torrence, 23 years in Edmond, 35 years total, reading/writing, Cimarron Middle School;

• Samantha Tilly, 23 years in Edmond total, special education, Clegern and Northern Hills elementary schools;

• Jeneve Lenhart, 23 years in Edmond total, assistant cafeteria manager, Central Middle School;

• Ralph King, 23 years in Edmond, 24 years total, alternative school science, Boulevard Academy;

• Renee Johnson, 23 years in Edmond, 29 years total, FACS, Santa Fe High School;

• Janice Barnes, 23 years in Edmond total, 4th grade, Sunset Elementary;

• Linda Scheidt, 22 years in Edmond total, elementary secretary, Northern Hills Elementary;

• Tracey Romberger, 22 years in Edmond, 27 years total, Spanish, North High School;

• Sandra Keller, 22 years in Edmond total, speech pathologist, Summit Middle School;

• Phyllis Johns, 22 years in Edmond total, support technology specialist, Technology Center;

• Joyce Boultinghouse, 22 years in Edmond total, 1st grade, West Field;

• Carol Stiles, 21 years in Edmond, 29 years total, special education, Central Middle School;

• Tonya Ford, 21 years in Edmond, 25 years total, orchestra, Central Middle School;

• Joe Roberts, 20 years in Edmond total, social studies, Summit Middle School;

• Colleen Park, 20 years in Edmond total, special education coordinating secretary, Special Services Center;

• Diane Paine, 20 years in Edmond, 22 years total, 5th grade, Clegern Elementary;

• James Noel, 20 years in Edmond total, parking lot attendant, Santa Fe High School;

• Elizabeth Jackson, 20 years in Edmond total, art, Memorial High School;

• Markey Farrell, 20 years in Edmond total, special education, Sequoyah Middle School;

• Don Wilson, 19 years in Edmond total, head custodian, Cross Timbers Elementary;

• Loretta Pheiff, 19 years in Edmond, 20 years total, math/social studies, Central Middle School;

• Karen Walter, 17 years in Edmond, 31 years total, reading/writing, Central Middle School;

• Ann Stewart, 17 years in Edmond, 24 years total, Spanish, North High School;

• Brenda McDonald, 17 years in Edmond, 31 years total, principal, Ida Freeman Elementary;

• Harold Kerfoot, 17 years in Edmond total, parking lot attendant, Memorial High School;

• Teresa Byers, 17 years in Edmond, 36 years total, 5th grade, Washington Irving Elementary;

• Elizabeth Scott, 15 years in Edmond, 28 years total, pre-kindergarten, Chisholm Elementary;

• Dennice Noel, 15 years in Edmond total, parking lot attendant, Santa Fe High School;

• Kathryn Allen, 15 years in Edmond, 30 years total, counselor, Charles Haskell Elementary;

• Jody Terry, 14 years in Edmond, 30 years total, English, Santa Fe High School;

• Kathy Conrad, 14 years in Edmond total, support, technology specialist, Technology Center;

• Rita Stevens, 13 years in Edmond total, cafeteria manager, Will Rogers Elementary;

• Ken Marose, 13 in Edmond, 37 years total, special education, Cimarron Middle School;

• Karen Gray, 12 years in Edmond, 32 years total, counselor, Santa Fe High School;

• Gary Coker, 12 years in Edmond, 33 years total, wood technology, Memorial High School;

• Mike Altshuler, 12 years in Edmond, 13 years total, counselor, Memorial High School;

• Lisa Whitesell, 10 years in Edmond, 27 years total, elementary music, Charles Haskell and Will Rogers elementary schools;

• Gayle Thiele, 10 years in Edmond, 22 years total, 2nd grade, Angie Debo Elementary;

• Wilma Mosley, 9 years in Edmond, TA II, Memorial High School;

• Elaine Courtney, 8 years total in Edmond, media assistant, Ida Freeman Elementary;

• Rebecca Cole, 8 years in Edmond, 35 years total, assistant principal, Summit Elementary;

• Meriam Boone, 8 years in Edmond, 29 years total, 4th grade, Central Middle School;

• David Wells, 7 years in Edmond total, custodian, EPS Administration Center;

• Jim Rollow, 7 years total in Edmond, AISP, Sequoyah Middle School;

• Dawnellen Pybus, 7 years in Edmond, 27 years total, full-day kindergarten, West Field;

• Frederick Moulder, 7 years total in Edmond, TA II, Summit Middle School;

• Sharon Jones, 6 years total in Edmond, elementary financial secretary, Central Middle School;

• Peggy Dobberstein, 5 years total in Edmond, cafeteria worker, Charles Haskell Elementary; and

• Jayme Howell, 4 years in Edmond, 27 years total, speech pathologist, Russell Dougherty and Clegern elementary schools.

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