The Duneland School
Corporation will say goodbye to nine of its teachers and staff retiring this
Superintendent of Operations and Human Relations Monte Moffett said the
corporation is “graduating” 267.5 years of teaching experience with 241 of
those at Duneland among the retirees.
“Their efforts will
surely be missed. We thank them for their time, energy, and commitment to
our kids,” said Moffett.
The retiree with
the most years is Chesterton High School mathematics teacher Stephen Kearney
who started teaching 44 years ago. Kearney is also a 1966 graduate of CHS,
Putting in another
40-plus years is Yost Elementary P.E. teacher Connie Hamilton whose teaching
career spans 42.5 years with 41 of those at the Duneland Schools.
Yost 4th Grade
teacher Mary Jo Keck is retiring with 32 years of service exclusively at
4th Grade teacher Richard Piechnik has 37 years of teaching service with 26
of those at Duneland.
Yost Elementary 4th
Grade teacher Debra Imhof has 26 years of service at Duneland.
Yost music teacher
Martha Kearney has taught for 23 years at Duneland.
guidance director Dianna Whitman has 25 years of experience with 21 of those
3rd Grade teacher Claudia Trzeciak is retiring after 19 years of teaching.
CMS English teacher
Linda Peele is retiring with 17 years of teaching, nine of those at Duneland.
Board President Ralph Ayres echoed Moffett’s comments saying these nine
educators have shown dedication to the “Duneland Difference.”
“They never truly
retire. They keep on educating,” he said.
Also in his
personnel report, Moffett named appointments including Bailly Elementary ELL
aide Nicole Clark, Duneland maintenance department worker Kyle Jimenez,
groundskeeper Greg Martinson, custodian Donna Nay, CHS JV softball assistant
coach Emily Frikken, CHS 9th Grade basketball coach Casey Martin, Duneland
high ability aide Melissa Valtierra and Liberty Elementary tech aide Dawn
this month are Duneland high ability aide Laura O’Dell, CMS instructional
aide Matt Mullin, Bailly Elementary ELL aide Jodi Thieleman, and Duneland
maintenance worker Jim Romanak.
Taking child care
leave from Feb. 10 to March 6 is Yost Elementary 1st Grade teacher Erin