The family, friends, and colleagues of Van-Far teacher Terri Jungers gathered for a Retirement Tea on Monday, May 7 to recognize Jungers for 30 years of dedication to the school district.
Jungers was presented a Golden Apple from VFTA President Rachel Howell and a Brass Clock from the Van-Far Superintendent Chris Felmlee and the Van-Far Board of Education.
“It’s been an honor working with you,” Felmlee said in his welcome address. “You have made a tremendous difference in the lives of children…You are a pillar in our school and our community…Your leadership has shaped generations…You have blessed us in so many ways. We wish you the best that God has to offer.”
After Board President Christy Nelson said an opening prayer, FCCLA Advisor Teresa Klott read a biography of Jungers’ life to those attending the event in a packed Van-Far Cafeteria. Her presentation included some thoughts from her family members, which include her parents who were also teachers in the Paris district.
Jungers is a graduate of Culver-Stockton College and has a Masters she earned from Northeast Missouri State University.
“You will greatly be missed by all of us,” Klott said. “The time you gave is immeasurable.”
Klott also read Jungers’ favorite quote from Tom Brokaw which says “It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.”
Jungers briefly spoke at the end of the event and noted that she had some former students in the room that had went on to become teachers.
Refreshments were served at the conclusion of the event.