Two Van-Far Teachers Association (VFTA) Retirement Teas were held on separate days for retiring teachers Holly Jungers and Wes Rowden.
Last week began with an event for Jungers. Rowden was unable to attend that event as his baseball team was playing in the State Sectionals.
Van-Far Elementary Principal Brian Hummel gave the welcome followed by a prayer led by Gena Gibson. Jill Trower presented Jungers the Golden Apple on behalf of the VFTA.
Meanwhile, Van-Far Board President Kevin Motley presented Jungers the Golden Bell on behalf of the Van-Far Board of Education.
Guest speakers included Lisa Johnson and Esther Robinson.
Johnson read some remarks about Jungers in a similar form of several famous, historical speeches. Allison Allgood made some emotional remarks and emceed a fun game.
Jungers said her retirement came nine years to early. She talked about the challenges of her health that began three years ago. She also talked about her tenure with the district.
“Thank you all for coming out,” she said. “I certainly appreciate it; I appreciate your time. I appreciate all you’ve done for me…I love you all and I miss you terribly every day.”
Jungers wished those who were leaving the best of luck on their new endeavors.
A rescheduled Retirement Tea for Rowden was held during the school luncheon last Friday.
Melissa Orr presented the Golden Apple to Rowden on behalf of the VFTA.
Motley followed by presenting the Golden Bell to Rowden on behalf of the Van-Far Board of Education. Van-Far
Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hunter gave a brief description of Rowden’s career. Kelly Borchert read some prepared comments from some of Rowden’s past softball and baseball players.
“And I tried to be a good teacher; I tried to be a good coach,” Rowden noted.
“Record wise it didn’t always show out..Sometimes coaches you are with the kids more than parents are. And so you’ve got to try to show them some things. And hopefully I did the best I could and I’m very proud (of that).”
Several others made remarks at the events.