Moffat County School District pays tribute to 20 retiring employees |

Moffat County School District pays tribute to 20 retiring employees

Ben McCanna

Moffat County High School teacher Nancy Loughran, right, hugs Moffat County School Board President Jo Ann Baxter during a farewell ceremony Thursday for retiring district employees. Loughran, who had a combined service of 17 years, was among 20 retirees who were honored for their work.

Delaine Voloshin has spent the past 14 years helping students at Moffat County High School make transitions.

"I helped students who are transitioning out of school get into employment," she said.

Now Voloshin herself is transitioning, out of MCHS and into retirement.

"I'm a little apprehensive," she said. "It's going to be a change. It'll be OK."

On Thursday, Moffat County School District paid tribute to 20 retiring employees during its monthly board meeting. The event mixed cake, refreshments and personal sendoffs from five district school principals.

Superintendent Joe Petrone said the 20 employees offered a combined total of 412 years of service to the district.

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"It's been an honor to have worked with you for the past couple of years," Petrone said. "And, we'll miss you, all of you, every individual here that contributed to the lives of the children on a daily basis.

"It's incalculable, your commitment and your contributions."

Elaine Gray served as a second grade teacher at Sunset Elementary School. She taught in the district for a total of 28 years.

Gray said isn't sure what retirement holds for her.

"You know, I am not sure right now," she said. "But, I'm excited. It's time."

Joanne Snow, a social worker at MCHS for six years, attended the event with her husband Darrel Snow. Darell said Joanne is going back to the land.

"She's going from a social worker to a farmer," he said. "We're building a greenhouse so she can grow all of our vegetables. She is a green thumb, I'll tell you what."

Joanne, on the other hand, put a finer point on her plans.

"I'm looking forward to not doing anything," she said.

Brett Sperl, a physical education teacher at East Elementary School, said he plans to spend his days fishing, golfing and running a lawn-mowing service.

He also hopes to keep one foot in the door.

"Next year, I hope to do some substitute teaching," he said. "I told the kids, 'Don't worry, I'm not going away. I'll be subbing.'"

Voloshin said she'll miss the students and being part of their growth.

"Seeing them grow and develop into young adults has really been rewarding," she said. "I'm really proud of it."

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2011 MCSD retirees

2011 Moffat County School District retirees by school, includes total number of years within district:

Craig Middle School

• Joanne Birdsall, computer teacher, 23 years

• Kathy Hollingsworth, sixth grade teacher, 18 years

East Elementary School

• Vicki Hughes, teaching assistant, 27 years

• Brett Sperl, physical education teacher, 23 years

Moffatt County High School

• Kathie Butts, food service, 21 years

• Sylvia Duncan, English teacher, 12 years

• Nancy Loughran, family/consumer science teacher, 17 years

• Donald Moore, computer teacher, 31 years

• Anna Nitschke, secretary, 16 years

• Deborah Roberts, reading/social science teacher, 14 years

• Joanne Snow, social worker, 6 years

• Delaine Voloshin, SWAP coordinator, 14 years

Ridgeview Elementary School

• Karen Eitel, first grade teacher, 26 years

• Susan Goodenow, first grade teacher, 29 years

• Judnita McIntyre, teaching assistant, 28 years

Sunset Elementary School

• Elaine Brown, teaching assistant, 23 years

• Elaine Gray, second grade teacher, 28 years

• Denise Hainault, music teacher, 26 years

• Charlotte Mason, third grade teacher, 23 years

• James Vorhies, fourth grade teacher, 24 years