The Van-Far Teachers Association (VFTA) hosted the 2016 Retirement Tea on Monday, May 9 to recognize staff members who are retiring at the end of the school year.
Those honored include Lisa Lovell, Mindy Nasir, Cindy Pirch, and Donna Woodrow.
Van-Far Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hunter welcomed those in attendance and was followed by an opening prayer from Gena Gibson.
“You are all pillars of our community and our school and thank you for being those pillars,” Superintendent Dr. Hunter said.
Van-Far Board President Jim Hopke read off the names of each retiree and Superintendent Dr. Hunter presented each with a golden bell from the Board of Education.
VFTA President Joe Basinger followed by presenting each retiree with a golden apple on behalf of the VFTA.
Jody Horner gave her remarks to honor Lisa Lovell. Lovell sat on a saddle while wearing a sign that said “Lisa the Lover” as Horner gave her remarks. She was also given a large foam, orange cowboy hat and a wand with a pointing finger. Horner told of Lovell’s career and the difference she made to students of the district along with her contributions.
Van-Far board member Pete Nasir gave the recognition of his wife Mindy Nasir. He read a heartfelt message received from one of his daughters to pay tribute to his wife.
Mindy Nasir said many thank you’s to the district, several in attendance, and to her family.
Garry Pirch followed by recognizing his wife and retiring Van-Far Jr./Sr. High School Principal Cindy Pirch. He talked about how he met his wife, who was an administrator at an area district.
Former Van-Far Superintendent Chris Felmlee returned to give his remarks on Cindy Pirch’s career.
“Directness is a strength of hers, just like the Incredible Hulk, don’t make her angry,” Felmlee joked with those in attendance.
He shared a couple of fun stories as well.
“I think of Garry and Cindy as the closest thing I’ll ever have to a big brother or a big sister…,” Felmlee remarked.
Van-Far Senior Madison Orr then gave recognition of the retiring Donna Woodrow.
A video was shown in honor of Woodrow.
Orr talked about Woodrow’s background with those in attendance.
“When I think of Mrs. Woodrow, I think of a very dedicated teacher who wills her students to succeed,” Orr said. “…Wherever you go and whatever you do, please know that Van-Far will forever be grateful for you and we’ll miss you.”
Van-Far Elementary Principal Brian Hummel offered the closing remarks. He also read Jeremiah 29:11.
He also shared remarks from Tony Lower, who was unable to attend the event.
Van-Far Principal Cindy Pirch was presented with a quilt featuring several of her own Van-Far T-shirts.
A cake and refreshments were provided.