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More than 300 combined years of experience: Windsor-Severance School District employees celebrate retirement

Emily Wenger
ewenger@greeleytribune.com

One of Ruth Brunner's favorite memories as a teacher was watching her students carry their desks from Park School, at 301 Walnut St., to the then-new Mountain View Elementary, 810 3rd St.

It was the late 1970s, and Brunner, who had just started teaching third grade at Park School, watched her students carry their own desks through Main Park to their new school.

Park School, which was built in the early 1900s, now is Windsor's Town Hall.

Carrying their own desks gave her students some ownership in the transition, Brunner said, as they left one building behind for something new.

Wednesday, as Brunner and 13 other employees of the Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District celebrated their retirement, they are preparing for a transition away from the school buildings many have been in for years.

As Dan Seegmiller, superintendent for the district, introduced the speakers who were preparing to thank the 14 retirees, he marveled at the number of years many of the district employees served.

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"I don't know if we've ever had a night that represented so many years of service to the district," he said.

There was Brunner, who served 35 — "Was it really that many?" she asked when told the number in an interview — Glenn Peterson with 34 years, Catherine Hammond with 33, and Kevin Scott and Cynthia Gleason with 31 each. Only three of the retirees served fewer than 20 years at Wednesday afternoon's celebration at Severance Middle School.

One, Carrie Hartman, served 16, but was still part of the history Seegmiller said he was in awe of in the room Wednesday.

She was a teacher with Brunner at Park School, before moving away for several years. When she came back 9 years ago, she started working in Severance, where both her mother and grandmother went to elementary school.

Principals and other supervisors fought back tears as they formally bid farewell to their employees, and remembered aloud the many times they saw them having a positive impact in students' lives.

When Seegmiller asked everyone in the room ­— more than 50 people — to raise their hands if one of the retiring teachers had been their teacher, more than 20 raised their hands.

That was the center of many comments from those retiring. Some pointed to the Windsor-Severance teachers in the room who used to be their students, and still others laughed with the adults who used to be in their elementary classrooms.

But the students are what the retirees said they'll remember the most because they're the reason the district employees came to work each day.

Brunner said that more than she's shaped them, she feels her students have shaped her and that they always reminded her that no matter how rough the world could be, there's still hope.

"When you walk through that door and see the eyes of those kids looking at you like, 'What do you have for me today?' you know the world's going to be OK," she said.

Retirees

Staff in the Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District celebrated retirement Wednesday night. The following are this year’s retirees and their years working for the district:

Ruth Brunner — 35

Glenn Peterson — 34

Catherine Hammond — 33

Kevin Scott — 31

Cynthia Gleason — 31

Laurie Balerud — 28

Colleen Blanks — 28

Kathy Gonzales — 28

Patricia Bellendir — 25

Loraine Lee — 23

Stephanie Simmons — 20

Carrie Hartman — 16

Leanna Noonan — 6

Matthew Boshinski — 4