The Van-Far Teacher’s Association enjoyed an opportunity to thank three long time teachers at their annual Retirement Tea on Monday, May 14 at Van-Far Elementary.
The three teachers recognized were Pam Oetting, John Black, and Gary Fowler. The three have a collected 90 years of experience.
“These three and their commitment to the students, their presence in our school, and their desire to be difference makers has shaped hundreds and if you count them maybe even thousands, of children’s lives for the better,” said Van-Far Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hunter. “…You are pillars in our schools and our community.”
“They have really made a difference in the lives of hte children at Van-Far,” said Van-Far School Board President Christy Nelson.
Bells were presented by Nelson to each teacher.
Oetting spent 30 years educating children, Black taught from 1995-2013, while Fowler taught from 1983-2014. He was at Van-Far for 31 years.
Golden Apples from the Van-Far Teachers Association were presented by Taryn Dameron to each retiree.
Teacher Kay Bunge introduced Oetting after reading a biography of Oetting’s career.
Fowler introduced Black and gave a brief description of Black’s past. The two also went into a brief rendition of “Who’s on First?”
Holly Jungers, Joy Davis, Amy Rost, and Crystal Sparks also shared a few remarks.
“To be a teacher, is to be blessed,” Black said as he has time to reflect in recent months on his career.
Teresa Winders introduced Fowler, who shared a few remarks.
Van-Far Principal Cindy Pirch provided the closing remarks.