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Wednesday, May 16, 2018 2:49 pm

Verbatim: FWCS honors 113 retirees

The Journal Gazette

Fort Wayne Community Schools issued this news release today:

Fort Wayne Community Schools will say good-bye to 113 retirees with more than 3,100 combined years of service at the annual retirement dinner Thursday, May 17.

The district wishes the best to the teachers, bus drivers, classroom assistants, secretaries, administrators and others who dedicated many years to making the lives of children better. The years of service for this year's group of retirees range from 10 to 48, and the retirees include many veteran educators, who made a significant different in the lives of students over the decades. Some are leaving at the end of the school year, while others are already several months into their retirements.

The following are the retirees FWCS honors for the 2017-18 school year:

  • Beverly Wyss, Secretary, Holland Elementary, 48 years;
  • Mary Larsen, Assistant Principal, FWCS Career Academy, 46.5 years;
  • Janis Carr, Fifth-Grade Teacher, Croninger Elementary, 46 years;
  • Sharon Scrogham, Secretary, FWCS Career Academy, 45 years;
  • Victoria Williams, Special Education Teacher, Indian Village Elementary, 44.5 years;
  • Scott Souers, Teacher, Continuing Education, 44 years;
  • Sharon Barnes, Social Studies Teacher, Kekionga Middle School, 42 years;
  • Johnnie Grimes Student Support Services Manager, FACE, 41.5 years;
  • Peggy Stephens-Williams, P.E./Health Teacher, Northrop High School, 41.5 years;
  • Rebecca Gnau, Kindergarten Teacher, Price Elementary, 41 years;
  • David Weber, Principal, Arlington Elementary, 40.5 years;
  • Jo Beth Chambers, Teacher, Continuing Education, 40 years;
  • Marsha Wagner, Special Ed. Teacher, St. Joseph Central Elementary, 40 years;
  • Janet Hefner, Kindergarten Teacher, Franke Park Elementary, 39.5 years;
  • John Hester, Assistant Principal, South Side High School, 38 years;
  • Kenneth McKillip, Teacher, Jefferson Middle School, 38 years;
  • Patricia McMahan, Teacher/Facilitator, Special Education, 38 years;
  • Linda Campbell, School Assistant, Washington Elementary, 37.5 years;
  • Mary Marks, P.E. Teacher, Haley Elementary, 37 years;
  • Roxana Rockwell, Physical Therapist, Special Education, 36.5 years;
  • Timothy Martone, Fifth-Grade Teacher, Brentwood Elementary, 36 years;
  • Steven Smethers, Energy Management Coordinator, Facilities, 34 years;
  • Manju Hayes, Assistant Principal, South Side High School, 33.5 years;
  • Jacqueline Brooks, Teacher/Facilitator, Special Education, 33 years;
  • Joy Forbes, First-Grade Teacher, Indian Village, 33 years;
  • Susan Lothamer, Second-Grade Teacher, Shambaugh Elementary, 33 years;
  • Louann Stone, Third-Grade Teacher, Indian Village Elementary, 33 years;
  • Deborah Martin, Third-Grade Teacher, Weisser Park Elementary, 32.5 years;
  • Warren Binkley, Third-Grade Teacher, Northcrest Elementary School, 32 years;
  • Michael Cheviron, Science Teacher, Northrop High School, 32 years;
  • Robin Kruse, First-Grade Teacher, Maplewood Elementary, 32 years;
  • Robin Pemberton, First-Grade Teacher, Weisser Park Elementary, 32 years;
  • Debra Ulmer Kolkman, Guidance Counselor, Snider High School, 32 years;
  • Sandra Redmaster, Secretary, Ward Education Center, 32 years;
  • Patricia Marsh, Secretary, FWCS Career Academy, 32 years;
  • Diann Drayton, Special Education Teacher, Shawnee Middle School, 31.5 years;
  • Linda Martin, Resource Teacher, Harrison Hill Elementary, 31.5 years;
  • Darlene Yarnelle. Nurse, Health and Wellness Services, 31.5 years;
  • John Krinn, Music Teacher, Washington Center Elementary, 31 years;
  • Teresa Laur, Building Coach, Indian Village Elementary, 31 years;
  • Holly Maranto, English Language Learner Teacher, Franke Park Elem., 31 years;
  • Debra Reichard, Secretary, Northrop High School, 31 years;
  • Larry Gerardot, Principal, FWCS Career Academy, 30.5 years;
  • Jan Ball, Nurse, Health and Wellness Services, 30.5 years;
  • Barbara Trout, Exec. Asst./Clerk of Board, Office of Superintendent. 30 years;
  • Blane Ryan, Science Teacher, Northrop High School, 30 years;
  • Leeann Thompson, Assistant Principal, Snider High School, 30 years;
  • Gerrie Buell, School Assistant, Washington Center Elementary, 30 years;
  • Linda Andringa, Teacher/Facilitator, Special Education, 29 years;
  • Sandra Feichter-Murphy, Music Teacher, Harrison Hill Elementary, 29 years;
  • Meribeth Figel, Secretary, North Side High School, 29 years;
  • Margaret Dewey. School Assistant, Holland Elementary, 29 years;
  • Julie Kline, Network Technician, Special Education, 29 years;
  • Deborah McBride, Secretary, Haley Elementary, 29 years;
  • David McCracken, Social Studies Teacher, Snider High School, 28.5 years;
  • Shelley Ohneck, School Assistant, Brentwood Elementary, 28.5 years;
  • Susan Zimmerman, Textbook Inventory Specialist, Warehouse, 28.5 years;
  • Jacalyn Butler, First-Grade Teacher, Forest Park Elementary, 28 years;
  • Kathryn Neuenschwander, Science Teacher, Northrop High School, 27.5 years;
  • Patricia Ritter, Second-Grade Teacher, Irwin Elementary, 27.5 years;
  • Joann Bastress, Secretary, Special Education-Psychological Services, 27.5 years;
  • Christine Franks, Secretary, South Side High School, 27.5 years;
  • Sarah Dinkel, Teacher, Maplewood Elementary, 27 years;
  • Deborah Markiton, School Assistant, Glenwood Park Elementary, 26.5 years;
  • Angela Applegate, Special Education Teacher, Fairfield Elementary, 26 years;
  • Patricia Ladig, Teacher/Facilitator, Special Education, 26 years;
  • Mickey Linn-Cain, Special Education Teacher, Wayne High School, 26 years;
  • Deborah Thomas, Secretary, FWCS Career Academy, 26 years;
  • Sue Davis, Teacher/Facilitator, Special Education, 25.5 years;
  • Penny Atkinson, Bus Driver, Transportation, 25.5 years;
  • Gloria Kelly, Administrative Assistant, Bunche Montessori ECC, 24 years;
  • Shirley Thomas, School Assistant, Weisser Park Elementary, 24 years;
  • Denise Moore, Secretary, Harrison Hill Elementary, 23.5 years;
  • Jean Didomenico, Second-Grade Teacher, Forest Park Elementary, 23 years;
  • Thresa VanGilder, School Assistant, St. Joseph Central Elementary, 23 years;
  • Karen Monroe, First-Grade Teacher, Forest Park Elementary, 22.5 years;
  • Brenda Hiatt, School Assistant, Waynedale Elementary, 22 years;
  • Christine Smith, Art Teacher, Shambaugh Elementary, 21 years;
  • Teresa Vorndran, School Assistant, Lincoln Elementary, 21 years;
  • Linda Elliott, School Assistant, FWCS Career Academy, 21 years;
  • Diane Castellana, Lakeside Cafeteria Manager, Nutrition Services, 20 years;
  • Cheryl Rotruck, Spanish Teacher, Jefferson Middle School, 20 years;
  • Barbara Pochodzay, Cafeteria Assistant, Nutrition Processing Center, 20 years;
  • Edna Troup, School Assistant, Arlington Elementary, 19.5 years;
  • Pamala Crim, Special Education Assistant, Shawnee Middle School, 19.5 years;
  • Beverly Doan, Secretary, Special Education, 19 years;
  • Christina Mejer, First-Grade Teacher, Forest Park Elementary, 19 years;
  • Deborah Clappe, Nurse, Health and Wellness Services, 19 years;
  • Marcia Huffman, Math Teacher, Blackhawk Middle School, 18 years;
  • Cathy McFadden, Teacher, Ward Education Center, 18 years;
  • Kimberly Sands, Math/Science Teacher, Miami Middle School, 18 years;
  • Claudia Fields, Special Education Assistant, South Side High School, 18 years;
  • Connie Wylie, School Assistant, Glenwood Park Elementary, 17.5 years;
  • Dawn Johnson, School Assistant, Haley Elementary, 17 years;
  • Jean Klinker, Special Education Assistant, Holland Elementary, 17 years;
  • Pamela Harrison, Math Teacher, Northwood Middle School, 16.5 years;
  • Ronda Kissling, Nurse, Health and Wellness Services, 16.5 years;
  • Glenda Newman, Special Ed. Assistant, Memorial Park Middle School, 16.5 years;
  • Cynthia Kaufmann, First-Grade Teacher, Harrison Hill Elementary, 16 years;
  • Jeanne Murphy, Special Education Assistant, Shambaugh Elementary, 16 years;
  • Carol Anne McMillen, First-Grade Teacher, Northcrest Elementary, 15.5 years;
  • Patricia Thompson, Secretary, Snider High School, 15.5 years;
  • Nancy Wermuth, Teacher, Ward Education Center, 15 years;
  • Jeffrey Heaton, Bus Driver, Transportation, 15 years;
  • Peggy Perry, Cafeteria Assistant, North Side High School, 14 years;
  • Cheryl Janeway, School Assistant, Glenwood Park Elementary, 14 years;
  • Diana Swalley, Secretary, South Side High School, 13 years;
  • Dorothy Jordan, Secretary, Northrop High School, 13 years;
  • Stella Fikes, Cafeteria Assistant, Nutrition Processing Center, 11 years;
  • Sheryl Merchant, Textbook Rental Coordinator, Purchasing, 10.5 years;
  • Kay Beemer, Nurse, Health and Wellness Services, 10 years