Janesville School District lists retirements and resignations

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Gazette staff
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
— The Janesville School District released the following information about 38 employees who have retired since June 2010, many of them at the end of the 2010-11 school year.

These employees’ careers represent more than 902 years of service to the school district.

Ten employees asked that they not be included in this list. Also not on the list is Parker High School teacher and coach Ron Cramer, whose retirement announcement came after the list was compiled.

Cramer, with 45 years of service, was featured in the Gazette sports section June 14.

Employees are listed in alphabetical order.

-- Penny Barwick is retiring after 35 years, all of them as an English teacher at Parker High School.

-- Janet L. Bishop, retiring after 19 years with the district. Her first year in Janesville was as a teacher for students with learning disabilities at Madison and Wilson elementary schools. She has worked exclusively at Madison School since the 1993-94 school year. Bishop was her department’s unit leader for three years.

-- Tiana Borchardt is retiring after teaching at Adams Elementary School for 24 years. Before joining the Janesville district, Borchardt worked for the Lac du Flambeau schools from 1970-73, for the St. Paul public schools from 1973 to 1977 and at Cambridge Community School in Cambridge from 1978 to 1980. Borchardt first taught in the Chapter 1 program at Adams. She then taught third grade for 23 years.

-- David Burkholder is retiring after 18 years with the district. He began his career working for CESA 2 in Milton, from 1981 to 1993. While with CESA 2, he worked at Glen Oaks School and for the Janesville School District. He became a full-time employee of the Janesville district in fall 1993, as an adaptive physical education teacher. He has been an itinerant teacher at many of the schools, based at Jackson and Kennedy schools.

-- Barbara Campbell retired in March after 15 years with the district. Her first job was as a part-time custodian at Edison Middle School, in 1976. She quickly moved to full-time and stayed at Edison until 2000, when she transferred to Franklin Middle School to become head custodian.

-- Jane Coyle retired in June 2010 after 17 years, all of them at Van Buren Elementary School. She began work in 1993 as special-education aide for the early-childhood program. She worked as an instructional aide and noon-hour supervisor until 2007, when she took on the additional duty of health aide in the office.

-- Vicki DeGarmo-Jackson is retiring after 14 years as a counselor. She began her career in the Monroe School District, where she worked from 1977 to 1992. From 1992 to 1997, she worked for the Wisconsin Heights School District in Mazomanie. She began work at Janesville’s Jefferson Elementary School in 1997 and remained there the rest of her career. DeGarmo-Jackson served on the health committee and the report card committee. She was a member of the group of counselors who established the Facilitating the Future Curriculum to match the district’s school counseling program with state standards.

-- Marilyn Dorn retired in January after 28.5 years with the district. She began her career on the clerical team at Craig High School in 1982. In 1984, she transferred to the Educational Services Center, where she worked as a secretary in the curriculum office. In January 1991, she became the central-stores clerk for the ESC. She remained in that role for the rest of her time with the district.

-- Sue Douglas is retiring at the end of the school year after 37 years with the district. She started her career in Janesville at various elementary schools as a library coordinator and later as a media specialist. From 1984 to 1989, she worked at Jackson Elementary School. She then transferred to Madison Elementary School, where she worked until transferring to Franklin Middle School in 1994. In 2001, she accepted the position as the technology integrator at the Educational Services Center. She has been Parker High School’s library media specialist since 2003.

-- John Fiedler is retiring after 38 years with the district. He began his career in 1973 as a custodian at Adams Elementary School. He moved to Lincoln Elementary School in October 1974 and then to the stockroom at the Educational Services Center in 1979. Fiedler moved to Franklin Middle School, where he was head custodian/maintenance. In 1989, he became the groundskeeper for Monterey Stadium, among other maintenance duties.

-- Roseann Froemming is retiring after 14 years with the district. She previously taught business education in the Beloit School District, Blackhawk Technical College, the Parkview School District in Orfordville and the Brodhead School District. She has taught typing, accounting, shorthand, office practice, business entrepreneurship, business law, computer applications, and vocational co-op, which involves supervising on-the-job seniors. She was also the Future Business Leaders of America adviser. She has taught keyboarding at various Janesville elementary schools since 1997.

-- Donna Geschke resigned in August 2010 after 18 years with the district. She began working at Madison Elementary School as a Chapter 1 aide and noon-hour supervisor in 1992. The next year she was instructional aide and noon-hour supervisor. In 1996, she became an office clerical worker and instructional aide. She moved to Franklin Middle School in 2000, where she worked as an audio/visual aide for the next eight years. In 2008, she accepted the position as the guidance-office secretary, where she remained until she resigned.

-- Roxann Good is retiring after 23 years with the district. She joined the district in 1988 as an instructional aide in the Jefferson Elementary library. She has performed numerous other duties over the years, including student supervision aide, health aide, helping coach the school choir, office clerk grade-level aide and helping with MAP testing and in the Response to Intervention program She was honored in 1994 as the Janesville Area Council-PTA Member of the Year.

-- Kitty Grant is retiring after 22 years with the district, all of them as principal of Adams Elementary School. She was named the district’s principal of the year in 1999 and again in 2009. She serves on the district’s Communication Arts Committee and the Leadership Development Institute.

-- Katherine Harms resigned in June 2010 after working for the district for 11 years, as a math teacher at Marshall Middle School. She also was the drama coach at Marshall for a couple of years.

-- Cheryl Heth is retiring after 27 years in the district. She worked at Marian Central Catholic High School in Woodstock, Ill., from 1977 to 1980; at Beloit Turner High School from 1980 to 1982; and at Baraboo High School from 1982 to 1984. She taught computer applications at Janesville’s Edison and Franklin middle schools from 1984 to 1988. In 1988, she transferred to Franklin and continued teaching computer applications. She remained there from 1988 to 2001. Since 2001, Heth has taught keyboarding at various elementary schools on the south side of Janesville. Heth was her department’s instructional manager at Franklin for six years. She also was on the District Discipline Committee for 12 years. She served on the district’s Technology Committee and Five-Year Goals Committees in 1990, 1995 and 2000. She recently served on the 21st Century Technology Committee. Heth has served on the Janesville Education Association’s Executive Board for 15 years and is the vice president and the JEA’s representative for Janesville Area Council-PTA.

-- Barbara Jordan is retiring after 19 years. She began working for the district in 1992 as a special-education aide in the learning-disabilities program at Lincoln Elementary School. She moved in 1993 to Jefferson Elementary, where she continued as an aide for students with disabilities. She remained there for the rest of her career with the district. Jordan worked with students with both learning disabilities and emotional or behavioral disabilities. She has served on the boards of directors for the local, city and state PTA for many years and served on various committees for the school district.

-- Terese Krajco is retiring after 12 years with the district. She began her teaching career at Hononegah in Rockton, Ill. She began teaching science at Janesville Craig High School in 1999. She has taught chemistry since 1996. Krajco has been the science department’s instructional manager for the past six years.

-- Theresa Lemke is retiring after 19 years with the district. She began working for the district as a social worker in 1992 at Wilson Elementary School. She has worked at many of the district’s schools. She currently works at Marshall Middle School and Roosevelt and Van Buren elementary schools.

-- Robert Luchsinger is retiring after 21 years with the district. He worked for Monticello schools from 1976 to 1979 and for Marshfield schools from 1979 to 1990. He came to his hometown of Janesville in 1990 and taught physical education at various elementary schools. He transferred to his alma mater, Parker High School, in 1992, where he has continued to the present. Luchsinger was the Parker boys basketball head coach for seven years.

-- Susan Maine is retiring after 38 years in the district. She began her teaching career at the now-defunct outlying schools, Rock Elementary and Hill Crest. She transferred to Roosevelt Elementary School in 1976. She moved to Lincoln Elementary School in 1997 and remained there for the last 14 years. Maine coached after-school activities and intramural sports. She worked with the safety patrol for a few years. At Lincoln, she was in the Student Assistance Program, and recently worked with the K-Kids service club. For the last six years, she has been fourth-grade unit leader.

-- Gale Markham retired at the beginning of the school year after 15 years. She began her career with the district in 1995, as an aide for the early childhood program, the Talk & Learn program and kindergarten students at Madison Elementary School. She moved to Adams Elementary School in 1996 to work in special education. She moved to Jackson Elementary School in 2001, where she worked as an instructional aide, noon-hour supervisor and office clerical worker. In 2004, she took the job as a transition-services worker for the Truancy Abatement and Transitional Education Center.

-- Linda McWilliams is retiring after 15 years, all of them at Adams Elementary School. She began working for the district in 1996 as an aide for students with learning disabilities.

-- Sheryl Miller is retiring after 22 years with the district. Before joining the district, Sheryl was active in local PTAs and on the Janesville Area Council-PTA. She was JAC-PTA Member of the Year in 1986. Miller served on the state PTA Board for 12 years, as Wisconsin PTA President and on the National PTA Board from 1995 to 1997. Miller joined the district in 1989 as the community involvement coordinator. She was appointed the district’s public-information specialist in 2004. Miller continued to coordinate the volunteer programs and the Family Resource Centers and is a part of the district’s crisis management team, in addition to her public-relations duties. She co-coordinated the district’s yearly food drive in the past two years.

-- Mary Newton is retiring after 34.5 years with the district. She began her career teaching at El Paso High School in El Paso, Ill., from 1969 to 1970. She began teaching English for the Janesville district in 1976, at Edison Junior High School. She transferred to Marshall Junior High in 1982, to Craig High School in 1983 and to Parker High School in 1984. She accepted the position of reading specialist at Parker in 1995 and became a learning-support teacher at Parker in 2006. She coached the Edison debate team during the 1977-78 school year and was the forensics team adviser from 1987 to 2011.

-- Marlene Novota is retiring after 16 years with the district. She began her career in the Kinnikinnick, Ill., School District, where she taught from 1977 to 1995. She joined the Janesville district in 1995 as assistant principal at Franklin Middle School. She was promoted to principal of Harrison Elementary School in 2002.

-- Karen O’Leary is retiring after 39 years with the district. She began her career at Madison Elementary School, teaching fifth and sixth grades. In 1977, she became a library media specialist, working at various elementary schools until 1984. She has been the librarian at Adams School since 1984.

-- Ronald Pelka resigned in March after 10 years with the district, all of those as a custodian at Monroe Elementary School.

-- Kathleen Peterson is retiring after 22 years with the district. She worked for the Greenfield School District in 1970-71. After taking time off from teaching, she joined the Janesville School District as a special-education aide at Edison Middle School from 1989-1993. In 1993 she began teaching special education at Craig High School. She remained there ever since. Peterson coached freshmen and sophomore girls basketball and freshmen track. She was the aquatics director at Craig for the past 12 years and the instructional manager of the physical education department for the past 10 years. For the past 12 years, she trained many district employees in first aid and CPR/AED. She also trained many staff members and students in life-guarding.

-- Edward Quaerna retired in January after 36.5 years, all of them with the district, teaching social studies at Franklin Middle School. Quaerna was named the district’s Middle School Teacher of the Year in 1999 and received the Daughters of the American Revolution Outstanding American History Teacher Award for the state of Wisconsin in 2000. He coached football at Parker High School and Franklin Junior High School. He also coached wrestling, tennis, girls basketball and intramural sports. He was his department’s instructional manager from 1993 to 2009, unit leader from 1992 to 2010, intramural director from 2003 to 2011 and building athletic director from 1993 to 2011.

-- Joellyn Richgels is retiring after 24 years with the district. She taught for the Sparta Area Schools from 1973 to 1985. She began teaching special education at Janesville’s Van Buren Elementary School in 1987. She began teaching students with learning disabilities at Franklin Middle School in 1988 and remained there ever since. She was the Student Assistance Program coordinator for four years.

-- Ruth Robinson is retiring after 10 years with the district and 38 years as an educator overall. Before coming to Janesville, Robinson taught first grade in Australia for two years, middle school math and English in the Blackhawk School District and seven years teaching sixth grade in the Belleville schools. She worked in gifted education from 1987 to 2001 at Eagle School for the Gifted in Madison and in the Albany and Evansville school districts. Robinson came to Janesville in 2001 as the coordinator of assessment and talented and gifted education, a position she held until retirement. She worked with the Challenge program at the elementary and middle school level and with J-TAG, the Janesville Talented and Gifted Parent Organization. She assumed responsibility for K-12 art curriculum coordination in 2009.

-- Roberta Sample resigned from the district in July 2010 after 12 years with the district. She was the special-education parent liaison, helping parents of students with disabilities to understand the laws and programs affecting their children. She would act as a “translator” between parents and teachers when a student’s plan would become complex or there was a misunderstanding. Sample is a registered nurse and a disability-resource specialist. She helped families find community resources.

-- Steven Schroeder is retiring after 20 years with the district. He began his teaching career teaching at the North Scott Community School District in Eldridge, Iowa, in 1978. He taught there until 1991, when he joined the Janesville School District as assistant principal at Parker High School. Schroeder added Parker athletics director to his duties in 1996. He was promoted to Parker principal in 2008.

-- Ronald Shuler retired in January after 32 years with the school district. He began his career as a long-term substitute teacher in Janesville. In 1979, he joined the district full-time as a math teacher at Marshall Junior High. He stayed at Marshall—now Marshall Middle School—his entire career. He was the math department’s instructional manager for 23 years and was a seventh-grade team leader for several years. Shuler coached or assistant-coached seventh-grade basketball, forensics, intramural sports and football. He was adviser for the school’s Lego Club. He was scorekeeper for the swim meet for most of his career,

-- Jessica Southworth Bates is retiring after 33 years with the district, all of them teaching English at Craig High School. She was a cheerleader and pom-pon coach, student council adviser and adviser to the school’s newspaper, The Criterion, for 23 years. Southworth Bates received the district’s Secondary Teacher of the Year Award in 1990, and was honored with the Lawrence University Award for Outstanding Teaching in Wisconsin in 1994 and an honorary degree for teaching from Ripon College in 2002. Her students nominated her for all three distinctions.

-- James Stone is retiring after 38 years with the district. He began his career as a custodian at several buildings in December 1974. In October of 1975, he became a custodian for Franklin Junior High. He moved to Craig High School in December 1979, taking over the maintenance position to the present date.

-- Steven Thompson retired in January after 34.5 years with the district. He began his career at Parker High School, teaching special education, in 1976. He moved to Craig High School in 1978 and to Franklin Middle School in 1986. In 1999, he accepted a position teaching at-risk students at Parker. Thompson was instructional manager for his department for five years while he taught at Craig. He coached wrestling, soccer and golf for several years.

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