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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Leavenworth teachers, staff: Making students the best they can be

  • Leavenworth Public Schools are fortunate to have a great group of teachers and educators who work tirelessly each day to ensure the district is achieving its mission of all students receiving a quality education.
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  • Leavenworth Public Schools are fortunate to have a great group of teachers and educators who work tirelessly each day to ensure the district is achieving its mission of all students receiving a quality education.
    This week, during Teacher Appreciation Week, we take time to thank not only our fantastic teaching staff, but also the support staff members who make sure each school day runs smoothly. This includes custodial and grounds staff, child nutrition workers, office staff, paraprofessionals, and all other staff members who make school great for our students each day.
    “Leavenworth has an outstanding group of teachers and support staff that do amazing things for our students day in and day out,” Interim Superintendent Dr. Bret Church said. “One week of appreciation is not nearly enough to thank them for all that they do to make the Leavenworth Public Schools the best possible place for our children to learn.”
    There is one special group of USD 453 employees to recognize this week, and those are teachers and staff members retiring after numerous years of service to the school district.
    Those retiring, and their years of service to the district, are:
    • Doug Archibald, custodian at Nettie Hartnett Education Center, nine years.
    • Beverly Ardery, child nutrition server at Anthony Elementary, nine years.
    • Vicki Black, second-grade teacher at Henry Leavenworth Elementary, 27 years.
    • Gail Buckles, kindergarten teacher at Anthony Elementary, 34 years.
    • Gloria Cacek-Carney, family and consumer sciences teacher at Leavenworth High School, 29 years.
    • Becky Cade, sixth-grade teacher at West Intermediate School, 23 years.
    • Ann Davis, library media specialist at West Intermediate School and Richard Warren Middle School, seven years.
    • Patricia Gibson, gifted teacher with the Leavenworth County Special Education
    Cooperative, 12 years.
    • Patricia Gilgin, occupational therapist with the Leavenworth County Special
    Education Cooperative, 26 years.
    • Karen Gladhart, gifted teacher with the Leavenworth County Special Education
    Cooperative, 12 years.
    • Thalia Jones, speech language pathologist with the Leavenworth County Special
    Education Cooperative, five years.
    • Robin Joseph, life skills teacher with the Leavenworth County Special Education
    Cooperative, 29 years.
    • Linda Kelly, social worker at Henry Leavenworth Elementary, 14 years.
    • Vicki Lozenski, physical education teacher at Leavenworth High School, 37
    years.
    • Nancy Overacker, speech language pathologist with the Leavenworth County
    Special Education Cooperative, 32 years.
    • Kathy Ray, gifted teacher with the Leavenworth County Special Education
    Cooperative, 35 years.
    • Andi Schafer, adaptive special education teacher with the Leavenworth County
    Special Education Cooperative, 12 years.
    • Gloria Schneider, paraprofessional with the Leavenworth County Special
    Page 2 of 2 - Education Cooperative, 13 years.
    • Mary Schultz, administrative assistant with the Leavenworth County Special
    Education Cooperative, 12 years.
    • Jo Ann Sedlak, adaptive special education teacher at Henry Leavenworth
    Elementary, 24 years.
    • Cherie Shade, secretary at Leavenworth High School, 16 years.
    • Cathy Thompson, math teacher at Leavenworth High School, 39 years.
    • Mary Sue Wilson, second-grade teacher at Henry Leavenworth Elementary, 36 years.
    • Adele Winston, third-grade teacher at Anthony Elementary, 27 years.
    • Jim Wolfe, fourth-grade teacher at Henry Leavenworth Elementary, 20 years.
    “We give a special thank you to those teachers and staff members who will leave us after this school year to enjoy what will hopefully be a restful retirement,” Church said. “Together, this group has 539 years of service to our school district. Their commitment and dedication to our students will be missed.”
    Please join us in showing your gratitude to our teachers and staff, not just during Teacher Appreciation Week, but all year, for everything they do. These special people commit so much time and energy to making our students the best they can be.

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