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Local teachers retire

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, The Union is featuring their self-created profiles.

– Soumitro Sen, Staff Writer

Name: Butch Ellis



Years of service in the district: From September 1973 to June 2007.

Names of schools I’ve taught in: Milpitas High School, San Jose, Calif.; St. Francis High School, Mountain View, Calif.; Nevada Union High School.




The grades and subjects I’ve taught: American history, world history, economics, U.S. government and sociology to ninth through 12th grades; physical education to ninth through twelfth grades; coached basketball, football and baseball to varsity, junior varsity and freshmen for 25 years.

Comments on retiring: I’ve enjoyed teaching and coaching but not getting up at 5:30 a.m. Nevada Union is a great place to teach, good kids, staff and community. I was born and raised in Nevada County and graduated from NU. I love this school and this community.

Plans for the future: Golf, tennis, grandkids, honey do’s. I may work, but not sure at what.

Name: Mike Menzies

Years of service in the district: February 1981 to June 2007.

Names of the schools I’ve taught in: The Catlin Gabel School (private), 1971-76; Nevada County Juvenile Hall, 1977-78; The Yuba Gap Project (group home), 1979-80; Sierra Mountain High School, 1981-2007.

The grades and subjects I’ve taught: English to ninth, 10th and 11th grades, drama to all grades.

Comments on retirement: “Retirement” is a relative term. I have a 14-year-old son at Nevada Union who will continue to spend large amounts of money for the foreseeable future. I will be seeking part-time work.

Plans for the future: We’re planning a family trip to England, Wales and Scotland for this summer. I plan to work part time and enjoy my family full time after we return.


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