- Phoenix Middle School
2020 Worthington School District Retirees
This school year has been a long strange ride for our students and for our staff. As we end the school year next week this also marks the end of a career for several of our teachers and support staff members. In a normal year, we would have gathered together to celebrate the momentous occasion. There would have been speeches given, memories shared, and likely some delicious cake to add to the celebration.
Like with everything else, this year is different. We have 25 Worthington staff members who have decided to retire this year. In most cases, these teachers and support staff members have served our Worthington students and the community for 30 or even 40 years. Undoubtedly they have made a positive difference in people’s lives. They’ve lived through both times of growth and times of reductions in Worthington Schools. They began teaching before personal computers were a thing and they ended their career via remote learning.
I think about Donna Gehring from Bluffsview. Donna began her career with a starting salary of $16,484.00. She’s taught at Bluffsview since 1994 and she ends her career in Worthington having accumulated the highest sick leave balance of any Worthington staff member. Obviously, Donna was fortunate with good health but she also set an amazing example for others in that she knew her students were counting on her and she just refused to miss a day of school.
I think of the invaluable role that Marie Steward played in our school district. While her role in Computer Services was behind the scenes, her impact was tremendous. Marie was a tireless advocate for staff and students. She embodied the district’s goal to “serve the customer.” She was friendly, approachable, and patient. Marie took calls and answered emails at all hours of the day and night, and she was happy to meet with staff to help them use our Infinite Campus System. When presented with a problem, Marie worked until it was resolved. If Infinite Campus presented limitations, Marie worked with staff to find a practical solution.
I think of Stephanie Riedmiller who has spent 34 years teaching in Worthington Schools. Stephanie taught at Colonial Hills Elementary School and then at Worthington Hills Elementary. She is well-known in the Worthington Hills school community as being a talented sixth grade English Language Arts teacher with high expectations for her students. Stephanie was exceptionally gifted at developing students’ writing skills. Stephanie has been a student council advisor for over 24 years and she taught summer school for another 12 summers. Families at Worthington Hills would consistently remark on how prepared their children were for middle school and beyond.
As we celebrate the final week of the 19-20 school year next week. Please take a minute to reach out to our retiring staff members and thank them for spending their careers as difference- makers for kids in Worthington. As a school district, we are grateful for their service and we wish them well in their future endeavors.
- Trent Bowers, Superintendent
Retiring Staff Members
Shelly Baker – Liberty – 2nd Grade Teacher
Ted Dennison – Wilson Hill – Art Teacher
Ellin Granger – TWHS – Intervention Specialist
Michelle Harper – Worthington Hills – 5th Grade Teacher
Joanna Hemmer – Phoenix – Intervention Specialist
Cindy Howell – Worthington Park – Intervention Specialist
Cindy Keller – Colonial Hills – 5th Grade Teacher
Renee Linn – District Intervention Specialist
Dawn Mack – Liberty – Gifted Teacher
Mary Spencer – Worthingway – Science Teacher
Stephanie Riedmiller – Worthington Hills – 6th Grade Teacher
Donna Gehring – Bluffsview – 2nd Grade Teacher
Dennis Bentz – TWHS Custodian
Carol King – WKHS Attendance Secretary
Rita Ellis – Bus Driver
Judith Baker – TWHS Media Asst.
Ralph Nooks – WKHS Special Ed Asst.
Robert Williams – Phoenix Custodian
Marie Steward – WEC Tech Support Specialist
Debra Hausch – Bluffsview Building/Instructional Asst
Deana Barnett – WEC Tech Systems Analyst
Monna Eakins – WKHS Food Service
Michelle Hadley – WEC Food Service Specialist
James Smith – WKHS Custodian
Jhan Yoder-Wise - Slate Hill Art Teacher
Amy Inzetta - Sutter, Granby, Bluffsview Nurse