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                              Retirement Tea Biographies
                                        June 6th, 2012

 

All the biographies are listed below.  For a printable version in PDF format, click here.

Pat Anderson, Kibler Elementary, 33 years in the district

Pat’s career decision to become a teacher was made as a six year old. She came home from first grade and announced she was going to be a teacher. Pat graduated from Marygrove College in Detroit with honors. She was on the Dean’s list for four years and awarded the Marygrove Scholar Award for academics and service for two years. She graduated three years later with a Master’s in Education, Reading Emphasis, from Saginaw Valley College (now University).

After teaching 3rd, 4th and 6th grades at Emerson Elementary in Fraser, Michigan , Pat married her husband, Curt, and moving to Washington. She was hired to teach third grade at Kibler Elementary where she taught for thirteen years in Room 13 before moving to the newly constructed Sunrise for 13 years and teaching first and third grades there. Thirteen might be her lucky number! Seven years ago, she returned to Kibler to teach first, second and third grades.

Highlights of her life are her husband, three daughters Kristin, Erin and Kelsey of whom she is very proud, an artistically gifted son-in-law, Felipe, and grandson, Alden, who is a gift.

Pat’s highlights from her teaching career include teaching hundreds of students, working with gifted teachers and staff, and the opportunity to help choose and/or develop curriculum. She has especially enjoyed leading Literacy Assemblies, participating in amazingly energetic Literacy Camps, and Arts Impact work and play. She has also delighted in taking her students to visit their older friends at Living Court. Above all, she has enjoyed the chance to share her joy of reading, writing and art with “her kids”.

One of the most memorable comments Pat received came from a small blond kindergartner several years ago. Looking up at Pat after an assembly she said, “I know you. You give us the words.”   She and Curt plan to visit the East Coast to see the fall foliage – something Pat has long wanted to do.  And then, they begin a new story ..We wish her great happiness!

 

Carol Buckendahl, Westwood Elementary, 25 years in the district

Carol Buckendahl, Assistant Secretary at Westwood Elementary School, retired on December 2, 2011.Carol began her career assisting with children in 1985, volunteering at Westwood twice a week for recess. In September of 1987, Carol was hired as a teacher’s aide at Westwood Elementary working two hours a day. When Sunrise Elementary opened, Carol was hired for a four hour per day position where she worked for the first month in the new school. After which, it was back to Westwood for a six hour position.

Carol started the first Brownie troop at Westwood Elementary along with co-leader Carla Henken. Carol and Carla had thirty girls in their troop and eventually needed to split the girls into two separate troops for obvious reasons.

In 1999, Carol was hired as Westwood’s Assistant Secretary where she stayed until her retirement. One of Carol’s favorite things to do was to greet the kids every morning in the parking lot. She also kept doggy treats in her pocket for her canine friends riding along for the trip to school. Carol never failed to keep the office decorated with new and fun things for every season. She helped make the office warm and welcoming.They still miss her cheerful disposition and all of her fun office decorations.

Carol is currently enjoying time at home with her husband, Ed.She has four active grandchildren with whom she is very involved. They keep her very busy travelling to soccer, volleyball, junior rodeo and Tai Kwon Do. Carol and Ed also enjoy their annual trip to Iowa to visit family.

We all wish Carol the very best for her retirement.

 

Rob Christensen, Enumclaw Middle School, 38 years in the district

Rob’s 38 years of service have all been at junior high/middle level with the Enumclaw School District. Rob attended Central Washington State College where he received his BA, majoring in Physical Education and minoring in Heath Education. Rob began teaching at the “old” junior high school as a Physical Education teacher.

Rob has had many roles through the years: Head Wrestling and Football coach along with Head and assistant Baseball coach, athletic director and PE and shop teacher. Enumclaw Middle School’s mantra during the Gates Grant era, “Creating a school where there is never a day you’d want to be anywhere else”, was developed from Rob’s sincere proclamation, “There’s never been a day I didn’t want to come to work”. An avid learner from day one, Rob’s energy and vision have been focused on ways to improve his craft so as to improve students’ experience.His entire career, Rob has classrooms inside the building and outside on the sports field.Rob is a teacher of both curriculum and character.

Rob has never expected anything of anyone that he didn’t expect and model in himself. He is an exemplary example for staff and students to follow. Though not an outspoken staff member, when Rob did speak, everyone, including the principal, listened. His thoughtfulness tied to his consistent high caliber professionalism led to a frequent question, “I wonder what Rob thinks about this. Wise staff members and administrators alike would seek him out.

Rob’s legacy inside and outside the classroom will continue in two ways. First, he barely hides the pride he feels for his daughter Beth’s entrance into the family’s illustrious teaching heritage. Awarded coach of the year as Enumclaw High School’s girls’ basketball coach and already sitting in a building leadership position at EMS, she is clearly a chip off the old block.

The second way Rob’s life service to our kids will be remembered is through an annual award that is given to the top 8th grade male scholar-athlete. This award was previously called the Bob Campbell Award, commemorating Bob Campbell, a long-time teacher coach in the old Enumclaw Jr. High. We have been awarding this honor to kids for over two decades and it is very fitting that its prestige and legacy be transferred in Rob’s name. Starting this year, EMS will begin awarding the Rob Christensen Award to the top 8th grade male scholar athlete to join alongside the Alda McNeeley Award for the top girl’s scholar athlete.

We wish Rob and Pam much joy as they anticipate the birth of a grandchild and begin their retirement years together.

 

Korliss M. Delang, Sunrise Elementary School, 15 years in the district

During Korliss’s service in our district since 1997, she spent her entire collection of years as the night custodian at Sunrise.  While her work shift began at 2:30 each afternoon, Korliss would most always show up at school early for her work so that she would have time to greet others, check in with our head custodian about the happenings of the school that day, and most importantly so that she would have time to greet students.

Korliss received an award for the 2009-2010 & 2010-2011 school years for perfect attendance. Her dedicated service to our school district often found her doing the jobs that could easily go unnoticed or unmentioned. She spent hours each summer dutifully cleaning the classroom chairs, tables, and desks of our school so that they were ready for a new beginning each fall. She spent many days with a carpet scrubber during the breaks in the school year, so she could welcome staff and students back to freshly shampooed hallways and classrooms. At night when the school gym was used by our community’s five and six-year old basketball players, Korliss would be there to greet them and be sure they had what they needed for the evening. When our PTA held evening events, Korliss would quietly and faithfully be sure that things were set up ahead of time, that the lights and doors were ready for the event, and she consistently checked in to see if our community needed anything else. Somehow, in the midst of all these evening activities, Korliss managed to still be sure that our school facility was clean and ready for the regular routine of the next morning.

During the typical 180 days of the school year, Korliss would begin her work throughout the school each afternoon, but she made a point of being sure that at dismissal time, she was positioned strategically in the main hallway so she could greet students as they left for the day. ;Miss Korliss” was lovingly greeted by hundreds of children each year in this hallway and often was the last Sunrise staff member to wish them a good night before they left school for the day. As Korliss would most want it, the memories that most represent her work in our school district are of those times when she was interacting with and for students.

Korliss and her contributions to the life of our school have been truly missed and we wish her the very best in her retirement!

 

Renie Hall, Kibler Elementary, 20 years in the district

Renie graduated from EHS in 1972 and after a year at Green River, went to work for the City of Enumclaw. She served as secretary to the city building department, planning commission and natural gas supervisor. All three had an office upstairs at City Hall. After three years she moved from the office to the shops and worked for the utilities department, reading water and gas meters.

Though Renie is definitely an Enumclaw girl, she considers herself a “Junior High Transplant. Raised in Port Angeles, Renie moved to Enumclaw at the beginning of her freshman year. Her class was the last 9th grade class in the old Junior High Building (now Garrett Park).

Renie’s husband, Les; daughter, Amanda; and son, Kellen all went kindergarten through third grade at Kibler, but she believes she’s spent more time there than the three of them combined.

In her 20 years at Kibler, Renie was an EA for many third grade teachers and supervised the playground and bus lines. She worked a couple of years in the solution room and the last 10 years in the library. While at Kibler, Renie participated as a mentor in a PSESD mentor/mentee program, helped implement the Self Manager program, was a member of the Kibler leadership team for five years, served as the building TSL and was a WASL/MSP proctor.  In conjunction with her position at Kibler, Renie also worked in the district Technology Department for several years.

Renie’s retirement plans are to do more of what she loves: travel, read, garden, volunteer and craft .. any kind of craft. Her husband is afraid of what new project may await him. We wish Renie the best as she begins her retirement!

 

Cynthia Killip (Cindy), Kibler and Sunrise Elementaries, 24 years in the district

Cindy Killip retires with 24 years of Service in the Enumclaw School District. She attended University of Portland, where she earned her BA & Masters; majoring in Music Ed, and minoring in Education. She was a general music, band and second grade teacher for Whitson Elementary in White Salmon, Washington for 16 years before coming to Enumclaw. Cindy served as President of the White Salmon Teacher’s Association for two years and also coached soccer at the elementary level for several years.

More than 20 years ago, she helped start the drama club at Kibler which puts on an annual musical. Cindy has taught at every elementary school in Enumclaw except Black Diamond. She participated in Accent on Understanding which took her on a teacher exchange to Russia, Belarus and the Ukraine. The next year, two teachers from Russia and the Ukraine visited the Enumclaw School District in the exchange. Cindy also was privileged to sing at Carnegie Hall with her church choir, a dream of every musician.

After retiring Cindy hopes to travel, learn to play the harp and jembe drum. She also intends to volunteer at an animal shelter and has a couple of new dogs in her future. Happy retirement to Cindy and thank you for your service!

 

Judith Kinch, Enumclaw High School, 4 years of service in the district

Judith attended college at the University of Southern California before beginning military service in the Navy. She served in the Washington DC area for 3 years and in the Naval Reserves for 2 years in San Diego, California. Judith returned to school at Highline Community College where her emphasis was on Early Childhood Education.

Judith began employment with the Enumclaw School District in 2008 when she was hired as registrar at Enumclaw High School. Prior to coming to Enumclaw, Judith came to us from Highline School District where she worked as an office manager for 5 years. Judith also worked as an Instructional Aid for 1 year. Judith worked for 25 years as a Paralegal/Office Manager before beginning her career in the schools.

Judith has been married to her husband, Allan, for 35 years.They have 3 adopted children and parented 12 foster children. Her hobbies are reading, sewing, genealogy, and jigsaw puzzles. Thank you, Judith, for your service to the Enumclaw School District.May your retirement bring you much happiness!

 

Kathleen (Kathy) Lockyer, Director of Human Resources, 6 years in the district

Kathy earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California in Sacramento, CA and her teaching endorsement from University of California in Hayward. She earned her Master’s Degree from St. Mary’s College of California, majoring in Educational Leadership and Administration.   Her teaching experience includes middle and high school science, health, social studies, and physical education. Kathy and her husband taught and were administrators for the Department of Defense Schools in Germany for ten years. After returning to the United States, Kathy was a superintendent for Power and Dutton School Districts in Montana and served as the principal of Capital High School in Helena, Montana. After relocating to Washington State, Kathy worked for Educational Service District 112 in Vancouver, WA as a Special Education Coordinator and Director of School Administrative Match. She then brought her collective knowledge and experience to the Enumclaw School District where she has served as the Director of Human Resources for the past six years.

Kathy has been a member of many professional organizations and served as the Western Montana Chairperson for school improvement, responsible for implementing and advocating the Montana Behavior Initiative (BMI). She has received many awards through the years, which include G.V. Erickson Award, “Montana Administrator of the Year” 1998, VICA “Administrator of the Year” 1996, and the DoDDS “Sustained Superior Teacher Award” 1985-1990.

Kathy has brought many new “human” practices to the Department, implementing birthday and condolence cards to all staff, recognition for longevity and good attendance, expansion of the Retirement Tea celebration and Lending Hands. She has fostered an open door policy where staff feel safe and welcome. She will be missed by many. Our best wishes to Kathy as she and Tom begin retirement together.

 

Jack Prindle, Southwood and Westwood, 37 years of service

Jack Prindle, music teacher at Southwood and Westwood, will retire after 37 years of service, all of it in Enumclaw!

Jack comes to us from Spokane Washington and earned his BA & Masters in music from Washington State University majoring in Music Education.  Jack specialized in Brass Pedagogy, as well as composition and conducting. During his graduate study at WSU, Jack was the Director of the Varsity Band and Marching Band and taught at the college level.

When Jack first came to Enumclaw, he taught High School band, Junior High band and the 5th grade beginning band. He spent his first 18 years in our district as a band teacher and taught band at all the elementary schools for 18 years.

From 1992 to the present, Jack has taught general music, mostly at the elementary level with a little middle school choir thrown in. He has even taught an occasional PE class!

Jack is involved in music outside the schools as well. He will continue directing the community band as well as volunteering as the bugler at Tahoma National Cemetery. He hopes to volunteer in the schools and teach private music lessons.

Jack and his wife Janine plan on traveling with their trailer this year. They will visit Yellowstone in the fall. Grandchildren will also keep him busy. He has two granddaughters in Bothell and a 2 year old grandson in Long Island named Jack Prindle!

Jack will be missed! Westwood is hoping for a music teacher that knows the “bat dance” (an October favorite), can put on a great Veteran’s Day Assembly and will lead a holiday sing-a-long. Just a few of the traditions that Jack has brought to Enumclaw!

 

Grant Rehor, transportation, 25 years in the district

Grant began his career with the Enumclaw School District in 1987 and is retiring with 25 years of service in the transportation department. He received a certificate for 24 years of Outstanding Safe Driving.

Grant’s students really like him and enjoy riding his bus. His student’s parents always speak highly of him as well. As a driver, staff is trained to keep eyes moving to check what’s around the bus at all times. From this training, Grant has found all sorts of items on the ground such as, tools, cell phones and a wallet. Grant made sure the wallet got back to the owner with the money in it!

Grant loved his routes but most of all he loves and adores his wife Gerlinda.Grant always said many nice things about his wife and after the transportation crew met her, they could see why. Grant and his wife are both compassionate people. Grant loves dogs and the dogs on his route loved him as he gave treats to his canine friends along the route. Grant and Gerlinda have also made contributions to help with the lunch program at Black-Diamond, purchased bikes for kids in need, and delivered a year’s supply of popcorn to the district office every Christmas.

Grant will be missed and we wish him a very happy retirement.

 

Terry Ryerse, Black Diamond Elementary, 23 years of service in the district

Terry grew up wanting to be a teacher. When she was in elementary school, she would “teach” other kids in her neighbor’s carport. And while in high school, she was a ‘cadet teacher’ with her former 7th/8th grade math teacher. Every morning, she drove her mom to work so that she could drive to the junior high each afternoon. Some of the students she worked with were friends of her brother. This was a challenge, initially, but once she was able to help with their math problems, she was hooked on teaching!

Terry attended Western Washington University. She began as a political science/chemistry major, but once she met a cute blond named Rick (an elementary ed. major), she chose to switch her major so that she could take classes with him. It may not have been the best way to decide on a profession, but she has been very happy with her decision ever since!

She took classes to teach intermediate grades. But, right before Sunrise opened, she had to teach 2nd grade for two years. The only reason she made it through that is because she worked with two wonderful ladies, Joan Estby and Mary Dacus!

Ironically, her husband Rick’s first job as a teacher was to teach 7th grade in a tiny district called Black Diamond School District. As a result, they moved to that area and bought a cabin on Lake Sawyer. Two years later, the levies failed, and the Black Diamond School District became a part of the Enumclaw School District. Rick then began working at Black Diamond Elementary, and retired from there years later. And now, Terry is completing her teaching career there, as well!

Terry says, “Teaching in the Enumclaw School District has been an honor and a dream come true. Best wishes to the Ryerses as they can begin enjoying retirement together!

 

Marilyn Schoenhofen, Enumclaw High School, 13 years of service in the district

Marilyn was born in Bakersfield, California, one of eight children. She spent most of her life in California, where she was married and has a beautiful daughter, Karen, who lives here.

Marilyn moved to Washington State around 1998 and first worked at Cascade House. She began subbing at Enumclaw High School because she wanted to keep busy. When a night custodian position opened up, Marilyn took the tests and was hired. She is finishing up what she describes as 13 wonderful years there.

Marilyn has enjoyed her job at Enumclaw High School and will miss the staff, her co-workers, and the students.

Now that Marilyn is retiring, she plans to travel with her sister and brother in law. We will miss Marilyn’s unfailing cheerfulness, strong work ethic, and presence here in the district. The best to you, Marilyn, as you enjoy your retirement and thank you for your service to the district.

 

Fran Watt, Westwood Elementary, 14 years of service in the district

Fran Watt, teacher at Westwood Elementary, will retire after 14 years of service. Fran completed her student teaching at Jefferson Elementary in Tacoma. Following that, she went to St. James School in Kent where she taught 5th and 6th grade language arts. She spent some time subbing in general ed and special ed in Auburn. After subbing in a resource room, she liked it so much she got her endorsement in Special Education.

Fran came to the Enumclaw School District in 1998 where she was hired for a Resource Room position at Sunrise. In the last 14 years, Fran has been in almost every school in the district! She did a lot of travel as she split her time between schools in the resource rooms:

  • 2002-2004 Fran split her time between Sunrise and Southwood
  • 2004 Fran served students at WW and Sunrise
  • 2005 it was a three way split serving WW/Kibler/Sunrise
  • 2006 Fran was back to two schools Kibler and Sunrise
  • 2007 EHS and Sunrise

Fran has spent the last four years teaching in the self-contained program at Westwood. Fran enjoys working 1 on 1 with our students and, unlike most teachers, she actually likes the paperwork.

I think that retirement will find Fran to be pretty busy! She has a 3 ½ year old granddaughter (Twyla) in San Diego so we think she’ll be traveling whenever possible to sunny Southern California! She will continue with her Tupperware sales (see Fran if you need any) and you just might find her at the Casino (I hear she’s pretty lucky there). Best wishes to Fran on her retirement.