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Retirees Celebrated at ISD 728 Annual Ceremony

More than a dozen out of 27 retirees enjoyed cake, a quick speech and some recognition and admiration from friends, family and colleagues at the annual ISD 728 Retirement Ceremony, held at the district office on Wednesday, May 30.

 

“Together, these retirees have contributed more than 600 years of knowledge and experience to our school district. That is a remarkable number,” said ISD 728 Human Resources Director Tim Caskey. “Thank you for your service here.”

 

ISD 728 School Board Chair Shane Steinbrecher also congratulated the group for their dedication and commitment to the students of ISD 728, including his own kindergarten teacher.

 

“I’m so pleased to be able to honor Mrs. Carole Belter, who was my teacher many years ago,” Steinbrecher said. “Who would’ve thought that might happen?”

 

Echoing the sentiments was Superintendent Dan Bittman, who said he was humbled by the many years of experience on hand.

 

“Think of the collective impact you’ve had on our community throughout your years as educators and staff,” he said. “It’s really impressive. We thank you for making ISD 728 your home for so many years.”

 

 

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2019 Retirees

Janine Ahrens 

Kindergarten Teacher 

Otsego Elementary School 

33 years

 

Cynthia Barnwell 

Cook Helper 

Rogers Middle School 

4 years

 

Norine Bell 

Cook Helper / Hope Instructor

Elk River High School 

6 years

 

Mary Blattner 

Grade 4 Teacher 

Westwood Elementary School 

41 years

 

Carole Boelter

Kindergarten Teacher

Lincoln Elementary School

45 years 

 

Beth Britt 

ECFE Teacher 

Handke Center 

17 years

 

Kathy Brown 

First Cook 

Zimmerman Elementary School 

22 years 

 

Mary Christian 

Head Cook 

Meadowvale Elementary School 

25 years

 

Kerri Conlin 

Kindergarten Teacher 

Lincoln Elementary School 

34 years

 

Susan Geiser 

First Cook 

Rogers Middle School 

21 years

 

Janet Goble 

Elementary Teacher

Otsego Elementary School 

25 years

 

Laureen Grasso 

Technology Assistant 

Westwood Elementary School 

13 years

 

Ricky Greenwaldt 

Science Teacher 

Rogers Middle School 

31 years

 

Sharon Grones 

Supervision Assistant 

Zimmerman Middle / High School 

23 years

 

Julie Hall 

Assistant Supervision 

Salk Middle School 

18 years

 

Patricia Heitke 

Secretary 

Rogers High School 

12 years

 

Terri Jore

Special Education Coordinator

District-Wide

31 years

 

Michelle Koteles 

Instructional Assistant 

Twin Lakes Elementary School 

18 years

 

Denise Linn 

Math Teacher 

Rogers High School 

15 years

 

Mary Jo Matchinsky 

Grade 3 Teacher 

Otsego Elementary School 

34 years

 

Julie Miller 

Supervision Assistant 

Parker Elementary School 

27 years

 

Cynthia Nagle 

Kindergarten Teacher 

Parker Elementary School 

21 years

 

Colleen Pagh 

Grade 1 Teacher 

Otsego Elementary School 

26 years

 

Jill Pouliot 

Grade 1 Teacher 

Lincoln Elementary School 

37 years

 

Diane Priyatel 

Special Education Assistant 

Meadowvale Elementary School 

23 years

 

Vaunnie Thayer 

Speech Clinician 

Otsego Elementary School 

14 years

 

Cynthia Thompson 

Head Cook 

Lincoln Elementary School 

30 years