On June 7th the Anamosa Community School District recognized it’s retirees and staff longevity.
Gary Otting – 34 Years in District
Gary graduated from Cascade High School in 1977 and the University of Northern Iowa in 1981. Gary taught high school Language Arts in Illiopolis, Illinois for three years before coming to Anamosa in January of 1985. In addition to teaching Language Arts, Gary has enjoyed coaching a number of sports over the years including middle school boys track, girls and boys basketball, and football. In addition, Gary coached high school fresh/soph boys and girls basketball, fresh/soph football, and girls and boys track. Gary and his wife Jenni have three children who graduated from AHS (Holly, Nico, and Luke) and a son (Caleb) who will be a junior next year.
Gary’s favorite memory will always include recommending a favorite book to student and them coming o him with great enthusiasm to talk about the book.
Val Daily – 24 Years in District
Val was raised in Carlisle, Iowa and graduated from Warburg College and UNI. She taught the neighborhood kids (whether they liked it or not) and was destined to become a teacher. Val was honored to be hired by Walt Fortney and spent her first year teaching Special Education at West Middle School. From there she taught in and open concept building at Mentzer Elementary in the Marion District, then Emerson Elementary. She continued teaching Special Education and 3rd grade at Wilkins Elementary in the Linn-Mar District until being hired to teach 2nd grade at Strawberry Hill. She enjoyed living and working in Anamosa and was bitten by the leadership bug during the downtown Anamosa Streetscapes Project. She was a School Administration Manager during 2009-2010 and has been the Principal at Strawberry Hill the last seven years.
Val’s favorite memory was during her first few years at Strawberry Hill sharing a classroom trailer with Donna Oltmann during construction of the addition. They trudged through dirt, snow, and rain everyday, multiple times a day. It was proof that teaching can happen anywhere. Her and her husband Curt are also proud that their daughters are 4th generation graduates of AHS. Go Raiders!
Paula Black – 23 Years in District
Paula graduated in 1985 from Coe College and taught in San Antonio, Texas for eight years. Paula then moved back to Iowa and worked one year in Cedar Rapids in Title 1 Reading. In 1996, Paula began teaching Title and Reading Recovery in Anamosa. Paula has been teaching 1st grade for the past 18 years.
Paula’s favorite memory is creating lasting friendships with faculty and staff whom she has worked with. Attending reading workshops with the reading teachers, 4th grade buddies with Mrs. Timp and working with Sarah Andresen and Kristy Robertson for the past 15 years.
Roy Carter – 18 Years in District
Roy started at Anamosa Schools in 2001 after a year of computer training and certification. Roy had this year fo training after he was displaced from a career of 21 years in the cattle breeding business by a merger of two cooperatives. Roy started his second career as a Technology Maintenance Technician under the guidance of Mr. Rick Delagardelle. Over the years technology has changed drastically. Roy has set up and deployed PC’s, Macs and Servers. In 2010 Roy moved from being a Technology Maintenance Technician to being the Technology Director with the biggest change being more paperwork, eRate filing, and budgets. He thinks that Anamosa CSD has one of the best school networks and finest fleet of devices for a school our our size.
Roy’s favorite memories are of helping staff, students, teachers, and administrators how to use their latest technologies. Roy would like to thank Rick Delagardelle, Mary Bendixen, Lisa Beames, Sandy Antons, Carmel Manternach, Nancy Kula, Cathy Wehling, Emily DeGroot, and all of the summer interns who assisted over the years. He would also like to thank his wife, Susan, and his family for their support over the last 18 years.”
Ed Shover – 8 Years in District
After Ed graduated from AHS in 1970, Ed attended Kirkwood Community College for two years receiving an Associate Applied Science Degree in Agricultural Mechanics. Ed was employed by Vanourny/Smothers Equipment/John Deere store in Monticello for 27 years as a Service Technician and Service Manager, working on tractors and combines. Ed worked at the City of Anamosa as mechanic and street maintenance for 10 years and then started working at auto auctions for about three years before coming to Anamosa Schools to be a bus driver and then bus mechanic. Ed also is an auctioneer and licensed real estate agent in the State of Iowa. Ed likes to travel to different states, bowl, and in his spare time he works on his 80 acre farm. Ed has been married to his wonderful wife Gerrie for 48 years and they have tow adult sons.
Ed’s favorite memories are working with all the bus drivers and teachers at Anamosa Schools.
Those staff members receiving Service Awards are:
Sue Francksen – Paraeducator
Richard Ginn – Bus Driver
Michelle Gladwin – Teacher
Danielle Helmich – Teacher
Eric Henderson – Bus Driver
Bret Jones – Administrator
Melissa Kane – Teacher Librarian
Mary Kelchen – Cook
Dennis Labarge – Bus Driver
Jacqueline Lahey – Administrator
Dawn Langevin – Kids Club Director
Carol Paschedag – Paraeducator
Brooke Peterson – Teacher
Nowya Rickels – Teacher
David Stemper – Teacher
Mary Sult – District Facilitator
Sara Maness – Teacher
Meg Wheeler – Paraeducator
Tracy Zirkelbach – Teacher
Angie Lawrence – Instructional Coach
Kristy Robertson – Teacher
Marlene Weber – Housekeeper
Michael Woolsey – Maint/Housekeeper
Jeff Alderdyce – Teacher
Ronna English – Paraeducator
Carrie Fellinger – Teacher
Debbie Hardersen – Secretary
Wayne Lasack – Teacher
Sue O’Brien – Teacher
Eric Schulz – Teacher
Laura Secrist – Instructional Coach
Jim Christianson – Bus Driver
Darcy Jacobs – Cook