Local high school teachers to retire this month
Come June, 28 teachers and two administrators in the Nevada Joint Union High School District will retire. Some of them have taught at local high schools for more than three decades. To recognize their invaluable service to the community
– Soumitro Sen, staff writer
Name: Gary Larsen
Years of service in the district: August 1984 to June 1997.
Schools I’ve taught in: Nevada Union High School, Empire High School, Bear River High School, Sierra College, Evergreen Valley College.
Grades and subjects I’ve taught: Anatomy and physiology, advanced placement
chemistry and biology.
Comments on retirement: They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.
Plans for the future: Continue to teach chemistry in college.
Name: Steven Guemann
Years of service in the district: August 1994 to June 2007
Schools I’ve taught in: University of California, Berkeley (as a teaching assistant for six years), Berean Christian High School (14 years), Virginia Commonwealth University (four years), Nevada Union High School (13 years).
The grades and subjects I’ve taught: Spanish, German and French to grades nine through 12. Spanish, advanced Spanish grammar, business Spanish, Spanish conversation, French, business French, French conversation and German at universities.
Comments on retirement: I’ll miss many aspects of teaching foreign languages, including the daily contact with students but will enjoy more time to be with family and to pursue other interests.
Plans for the future: Teaching part time at Sierra College, writing, painting, traveling, spending more time with family, becoming more involved in the lives of others.
Name: Terri Kopp
Years of service in the district: August 1984 to June 2007
Schools I’ve taught in: Glennon High School, Kansas City; Driftwood Middle School, Fla., Western High School, Fla., Nevada Union High School.
Grades and subjects I’ve taught: English and history to grades six through 12; counseling ninth through twelfth grades.
Comments on retirement: Let’s look at it as an “extended vacation” and a time to do all the things you’ve wanted to do, but didn’t have the time before retirement. I will miss working with students and parents. They have been a great and positive part of my life.
Plans for the future:
Travel and find a place I want to retire to. I’m giving myself several years for this. Also, spend a great deal of time with family in the Midwest; maintain friendships with friends and colleagues I have come to know and respect for their caring ways and integrity; read, garden, enjoy that extra cup of coffee! Travel and see new places!
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