Multiple subjects, classroom changes and a child of her own currently in the same building with her. Moffat County High School teacher Liane Davis-Kling has seen many things in her 33 years at MCHS, but her time there had to end eventually.
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— The community is invited to honor Moffat County High School teacher Liane Davis-Kling, who is retiring after 33 years with the school.
Davis-Kling recently announced her plans to retire at the end of the school year after more than three decades with the district.
Starting as an instructor of United States government and history in February 1981, she’s also taught other academic topics for MCHS students, including economics and geography, as well as serving several years as the supervisor of the school yearbook.
However, it’s the history and government classes that always have been her specialty, partly because she holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Colorado State University in history.
As part of her government curriculum, she’s regularly had students accompany her to local meetings such as Craig City Council and was able to take some pupils of past years on field trips to Denver or even Washington, D.C., to see politics in action.
“I think the kids got a lot out of those,” she said. “Just in general, the kids have been a heck of a lot of fun.”
Helping students connect the local, state and national governments has been instrumental in Davis-Kling’s teaching process, which at the beginning of her career was admittedly a lot stricter than she’d have liked. It was after finishing graduate school in 1990 that she was able to better connect with kids in the classroom.
“I was more into my role, so to speak,” she said.
Since then, Davis-Kling has watched hundreds of students move on to adulthood, with this Saturday’s graduation ceremony the last one she’ll be part of as a teacher. Former colleague Cindy Morris, who referred to Davis-Kling as “an institution” of the school, will also host a send-off Friday afternoon at Vallarta’s Mexican Restaurant, with the community invited to join.
Still, the woman known as “Ms. DK” to the kids who roam the halls of MCHS won’t be severing ties with the school right away. Her son, Chris, will start his senior year there next fall, so she’ll likely still be involved with some activities as a parent.
Beyond that, Davis-Kling said she still is unsure what retirement will hold for her.
“All I can say is it’s going to be a brand-new adventure,” she said.
Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Education.