With the end of the school year, Emmetsburg School District lost nine educational leaders to retirement. They were honored at an open house last Friday, May 23.
Dave Ballman has been directing the Middle School Band for 21 years. He joined the Emmetsburg School District teaching staff in 1993 and has always been an advocate for music in the school's curriculum.
Karen Brown has been instilling the love of reading in Emmetsburg students for a total of 33 years. Through her work in special education, Reading Recovery and Title I reading, countless children have become successful readers.
RETIREMENT-Nine familiar faces closed the book on the careers with the Emmetsburg School District when the final 2013-2014 school year bell rang May 23. Before the public open house for the retirees, the school district staff gathered for a lunch and an opportunity to share memories and laughter. Retiring this year are front, left to right, Kelley Fog, Rita Garrelts, Christy White, Linda Welander, Dave Fog and John Joynt. In back, left to right, Ted Riley, Karen Brown and Dave Ballman. – Kate Myers photo
Dave Fog began teaching music at Emmetsburg High School in 1980. During his 34 years with the district, the Concert Choir earned 27 consecutive Division I ratings and he directed the highly regarded EHS Show Choir to Finals qualification and placings in competitions for over 30 years. Fog has also coached Freshman and Sophomore football.
Kelley Fog has been with the district for 16 years. During those years, she taught Middle School Vocal Music. She also has served as an accompanist for numerous vocal music groups as well as individual and ensemble contest entries.
Rita Garrelts has taught in the district for 17 years, serving as both a Kindergarten and preschool teacher. During her career, she became nationally certified in early childhood education.
John Joynt has come full circle in the Emmetsburg School District. After graduating from high school, Joynt attended college and returned to his hometown to begin his teaching career in 1983. In the ensuing years, he has been a teacher, coach, principal of the middle school, curriculum director and completed his career as the school district Superintendent.
Ted Riley began teaching Middle School Math at Emmetsburg in 1983. During his 31 years with the district, Riley coached both girls basketball, including a State Championship in 1991, and girls golf, with numerous state golf tournament teams and individuals. He has been named Conference Coach of the Year in the Lakes Conference and Girls State Basketball Coach of the Year in 1991.
Linda Welander began teaching Spanish to Emmetsburg students 25 years ago in 1989. In addition to her teaching, she has been the advisor to the High School Student Council for many of those year. She also was instrumental in developing the dual credit program between the high school students and Iowa Lakes Community College.
Christy White began teaching in Emmetsburg in 1990. For 24 years, she shared her "whatever it takes" determination with the elementary students. It was said she used her big heart to shape little minds.