Retiring Bullitt County teachers receive praise | News
Source: John Roberts
The teachers gathered for the annual retirement ceremony May 10th at the First Baptist Church of Shepherdsville's Fellowship Hall.
Retirees and their guests enjoyed dinner and special music by Roby Elementary School's Children's Choir conducted by Ashley Baldini. Ernie Trosper, former Kentucky Retired Teachers Association President, addressed the crowd encouraging them to join the Bullitt County Retired Teachers Association.
The evening's highlight was tribute after tribute by principals to retirees.
Zoneton Middle School's Larry Veeneman was feted by Principal Rita Muratalla for his 42 years in the classroom. Retired teacher Debby Murrell immediately offered a round of applause.
"You hear how some teachers sort of let their rooms go as that retirement date gets closer and closer," Muratalla said. "Well, let me tell you something about Larry. He has an impeccable classroom and extraordinary classroom management."
Cedar Grove Elementary School Principal Andy Moberly recognized Linda Snyder who retired in December 2011.
"Linda's legacy can be best defined by going above and beyond her classroom," Moberly said. "She organized events focusing on the Olympics to the President's Physical Fitness initiative. She was always thinking of different ways to motivate her students."
Perhaps the greatest testament to Snyder's leadership was several students asking for her presence during the fifth grade send-off May 16th.
Bernheim Middle School Principal Willie Foster praised retiring science teacher Susan Reinscheld for her passion about her subject matter.
"Susan is science," Foster beamed as she accepted retirement gifts ranging from an engraved brass school bell from the district to Certificates of Recognition from Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie J. Roberts and 49th State District Representative Linda Belcher.
Barb Plenge is ending her stay as coordinator of the district's TeenAge Parent Program (TAPP). Retired Counselor Carolyn Dennison and current Supervisor of Social Services Linda Nason spoke about Barb's compassion for teenagers who have children and her devotion to seeing them earn their high school diploma.
"How do you find a replacement for someone with so much heart," Mrs. Dennison said.
On a lighter note, retiring teacher Denise Swanson knew what to do with her school bell.
"I think everyone's a little too serious," she smiled ringing the bell as loud as she could.
Teachers retiring in the 2011-2012 school year are Susan Reinscheld of Bernheim Middle School, Charlotte Frisby of Brooks Elementary School, Jeffrey Pickett of Bullitt Central High School, Debby Atherton and Brenda Bentley of Bullitt East High School, Linda Snyder of Cedar Grove Elementary School, Melanie Baker, Nadji McCubbins and Nancy Young of Freedom Elementary School, Robin Miller and Jeff Richardson of Mt. Washington Middle School, Peggy Lamont and Sherry Rodgers of Nichols Elementary School, Donald Biggs, Karen Norton, Dr. Sharon Norton and Lisa Sexton of North Bullitt High School, Denise Swanson of Old Mill Elementary School, Dana Moore and Rebecca Land of Overdale Elementary School, Nancy McKnight of Roby and Mt. Washington Elementary School, Barbara Plenge and Darrell Coleman of the Riverview Opportunity Center, Carolyn Ruph of Shepherdsville Elementary School, Phyllis Bergant, Lawrence Veeneman and Stacey Webb of Zoneton Middle School and Marcia Zinger of Cedar Grove and Overdale Elementary Schools.
Bullitt County Public Schools has nearly 13,000 students in grades kindergarten through 12. There are 25 school facilities, a certified staff of over 850 and a classified staff of over 850 working every school day to make the district the leader in educational excellence.
Source: Bullitt County Public Schools
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