Janesville School District announces employee retirements

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Friday, July 25, 2014

The Janesville School District has announced these employee retirements at the close of the 2013-14 school year:

--Joyce Albright will retire at the end of the year after a 33-year career with the Janesville School District.

She earned her bachelor's degree in 1980 and her master's degree in 1981, both from UW-Whitewater, with a major in communicative disorders.

She started her career with the school district as a speech and language pathologist at Roosevelt and Monroe elementary schools. She worked at Adams and Jefferson elementary schools for the last 19 years.

--Deb Bundy is retiring in June after 19 years of service to students in the school district. Bundy started her career in 1995 as a special education aide at Craig High School. She spent one year in CHOICE at the Chestnut House, then continued serving students in that capacity at Craig until her retirement in June 2014.

--Patrice (Pat) Dill will retire from the school district after a 30-year career.

She earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from UW-Whitewater. Her first-grade teaching career has been at both Jefferson and Harrison elementary schools. In addition to teaching, she has been the K-1 unit leader for 15 years, the TAG (Talented and Gifted) advocate for K-2 students at Harrison and served on numerous district curriculum committees.

--John Draeger retired in June, following a 27-year career as a school psychologist with the school district.

Prior to that, he worked in the Beloit School District. He holds a bachelor's degree in psychology, which he earned in 1982, and a master's degree in school psychology, earned in 1984, both from UW-Whitewater.

Draeger worked as a school psychologist primarily in elementary schools, including Adams (24 years), Harrison (21 years), Jefferson, and Kennedy elementary schools.

--Mary Essen is retiring after a 23-year career serving the students of the Janesville School District as a paraprofessional.

Essen started her career in 1991 as a special education aide at Roosevelt Elementary School. She continued working at Roosevelt as an instructional aide, health aide and clerical/office aide until her retirement in June 2014.

--Lee Gruber retired from the school district in June.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in education from Wayne State College in 1975. Her teaching career started in Bloomfield Community School District in Nebraska as a second-grade teacher. Gruber moved to Iowa in 1977, where she taught fifth grade in Des Moines.

Her career in Janesville started as a substitute teacher. She took a position at Wilson Elementary School in 1998, and continued in that position for 21/2 years. At that time, she was hired for a third-grade teaching position at Wilson.

In 2004, she transferred to Harrison Elementary School, where she continued to teach third grade until her retirement.

In addition to teaching, during her career, Gruber also served as a TAG Advocate, tutor for English language learners, junior varsity basketball coach, assistant basketball coach and preschool educator.

--Adam Hinman retired from the school district after 22 years of service.

Hinman earned a social studies degree from UW-Milwaukee in 1988 and worked in the Waukesha School District for three years before joining Franklin Middle School in 1992.

While at Franklin, he attained another bachelor's degree in specific learning disabilities from UW-Whitewater. He worked as the seventh-grade special education teacher at Franklin for 12 years and spent the last 10 years working in the same capacity in sixth grade.

In 2002, Hinman received a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Olivet Nazarene University. He spent several years teaching a summer school study skills class at the high school level and 10 years leading a magic and juggling class for elementary students.

Over the years, he has organized teacher appreciation activities during American Education Week for his Franklin peers and founded Franklin's Festivus festivities.

--Steve Huth is retiring after 20 years as the Career and Technical Education coordinator and summer school director for the school district.

Huth earned a bachelor's degree in technology education from UW-Stout, a master's degree in school business management from UW-Whitewater, and another master's degree in educational leadership from Cardinal Stritch University.

Huth started his teaching career in Belleville before moving to Janesville to become the retail manager of Color Tile. He also worked for Blackhawk Technical College as an economic development coordinator and served on the Janesville School Board before joining the school district.

He has been recognized by the Janesville Noon Lions Club with the W.T. Clark Outstanding Service Award, was honored by Lions Club International Foundation with the Melvin Jones Humanitarian Service Award, was recognized by Forward Janesville in 2008 as Volunteer of the Year and in 2014 as Educator of the Year.

--Donna Leu retired from the school district after 121/2 years.

She started her career as a special education aide in early childhood at Kennedy Elementary School and then transferred to Monroe Elementary School, where she has worked ever since. At Monroe, Leu worked in the early childhood classroom and all other grades from kindergarten through fifth grade.

--Charlene McConnell retired in June after 19 years of service in the school district as a custodian.

She started her employment with the district at Craig High School in May 1995 and served as a custodian at Adams, Washington and Harrison elementary schools until she returned to Craig High School in 2006. She remained at Craig until her retirement.

--Nancy Nelson retired in January after 20 years with the district.

Nelson started her career as a special education aide at Washington Elementary School. She served students, staff and parents at Craig High School as the advisement secretary and later as the guidance secretary.

In addition, she worked at the Educational Services Center as secretary to the school psychologists. For the past 14 years, she has been the secretary to the assistant principal at Marshall Middle School.

--Rosemarie Recob retired in June after 10 years with the district.

Recob earned her bachelor's degree from UW-Whitewater in 1989. She started her career as a substitute teacher, working with several school districts in the Walworth County area. Upon earning her teaching credentials in special education from UW-Whitewater, she started teaching special education in Lake Geneva, working at both the elementary and middle schools.

In 2004, Recob joined the Janesville School District as a teacher at Mercy Options. In 2010, Rose transferred to Jefferson Elementary School, where she continued to teach special education until her retirement.

--Julie Seiler retired in January, with 211/2 years of service to the school district.

She started her career with the district in September 1992 as a Title One Reading aide at Lincoln Elementary School. The following year, she took the position of library aide at Lincoln. In 1995, she transferred to Craig High School, where she worked as a library aide, attendance clerk and then back to the library as an audio visual aide. This position was eventually changed to LMC/AV aide.

Seiler was the Sunshine coordinator for 10 years at Craig and also was a member of Local No. 938 and was the treasurer for five years.

--Roxanne Taylor-Hundt retired from the district after 33 years of teaching.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in home economics education from UW-Stout in 1981. In 1984, she earned a master's degree from UW-Whitewater.

Taylor-Hundt retires with 66 additional credits from various colleges and universities. She is finishing her career in teaching at Parker High School where she is the instructional manager for the Family and Consumer Education Department.

--Cheryl Williams is retiring after being the library media specialist at Marshall Middle School for the past 10 years, with two years as library media specialist at both Marshall Middle School and Monroe Elementary School.

She also is a certified SMART Board trainer, Google Qualified instructor and Intel instructor, as well as a certified online instructor.

Williams earned an undergraduate degree in the field of visual impairment and a master's degree as an orientation and mobility specialist. She worked at the Wisconsin School for the Visually Handicapped for 14 years before joining the Janesville School District in 1997. After 21 years of teaching the visually impaired, she pursued a degree in library media from UW-Whitewater.

--Donald Wallman has worked for the Janesville School District for 37 years, starting in January 1977 through his retirement in June.

Wallman started his career at Madison Elementary School. At the time, he was the youngest custodian the school district had ever hired. He then transferred to Harrison Elementary School as head custodian. In 1979, Don transferred to Edison Junior High as the head custodian and maintenance employee. When the two jobs were separated, Wallman took the maintenance position. He continued working at Edison Middle School in the maintenance position until the time of his retirement.

Last updated: 5:08 pm Friday, July 25, 2014

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