Farewell to Teaching Gold

by: Nicole Krebs and Andrea Renville

In a few short days Central High is saying goodbye to six wonderful teachers who are retiring: Elaine Anderson (Psychology/Social Studies), Rose DuBois (P.E.), Jeff Gulbransen (Art), Michael Murphey (Administration), Robert Perceval (English), and Jackie Swanson (program director). These teachers will be greatly missed as they teach their last few classes of the school year.  All will be greatly missed due to the fact that we are losing so many great teachers in so many different areas of study and administration. In fact Central will not be offering an A.P. Psychology class next year due to the fact that Mrs. Anderson is leaving us next year for Texas.

Here is what a few teachers said about the changes:

“It’s bittersweet. It’s been the students I met. My colleagues have been incredible professional people and I respect them. I’ve met some cool human beings.” – Mrs. Anderson

“I’m going to miss my students tremendously and the great people on the staff that I worked with for years. People are what make Central great!” – Mr. Perceval

“I feel that we’ll be losing a great teacher and I’m happy she’s moving on.” – Mr. Spease about Mrs. Dubois

The sad part is that not only are we losing teachers to retirement but we are also losing a lot of teachers because they are relocating. Ms. Ellwein, an assistant principal, will be leaving us to become the new principal of Sioux Falls Technical High School. Along with her, Mr. Spreizer and Mrs. Prentice who will also, sadly, be leaving us next year.

“My best memories were helping kids at tough times and going to activities. It was a hard decision to leave Central but I learned a lot here and I get to move closer to family and run my own school, so it’s a good opportunity. I plan to come back to see the first theatre production in the fall. Leaving theatre is one of the hardest parts because I worked so hard to get these students where they are. Once a Cobbler, always a Cobbler!” – Mrs. Ellwein

With all these great teachers leaving us, there will be voids in the school, but the 2012-2013 school year promises to be a great one.