School Board Honors Retirees
Two teachers and a school secretary were honored for their dedication and commitment to students and education at the June School Board meeting. Superintendent Brian Talbott shared that they have left a legacy of excellence, have impacted students, staff, and families, and will be greatly missed.
April Denigan (left) and Colleen Weisser (right).
First, Lakeside Middle School's secretary April Denigan was presented to the School Board Directors by Principal Jeff Baerwald. He shared that while Mrs. Denigan is a person of the highest level of professionalism and integrity, a trait that he greatly appreciated is her common sense. She had an uncanny ability to problem solve... and then tell him what should be done! Her knowledge about school procedures and how the building runs will be sorely missed; she is truly a quality person. Mr. Baerwald thanked her and wished her much happiness and fun with her grandkids.
Collen Weisser began her music teaching career in our district pushing a cart with a keyboard on it, traveling from classroom to classroom! Lake Spokane Elementary School Principal Kevin Simpson shared that Mrs. Weisser has instilled and renewed a love of music in students for many years. At Lake Spokane, she sees over 450 students a week. She is renowned for her amazing Veterans' Day Program in which she directs the entire school in unison...many voices uplifted in song to honor our military. At her annual end of the year choir concert, Mrs. Weisser celebrated each student individually, sharing their growth and path in music. Students remember her. After the 2018 graduation ceremony a compliment was given to the high school choir; one student turned and shared, "Mrs. Weisser taught me how to sing!"
Mrs. Sheila Golden
Also retiring, but not at the School Board Meeting, is Sheila Golden who has taught for 38 years.The Board thanked the retirees for their passion and shared that they will be hard to replace. A commemorative clock was given to each as a token of the District's appreciation for their years of excellent service to students, and the meeting was took a short recess for a reception for the retirees.