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Three retire from Laramie County School District 2


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Above left: Craig Spatz, FFA/Ag teacher - Burns High School.

Since the introduction of the Coronavirus a few short months ago its been hard to remember that life indeed does go on for many of our community members. Laramie County School District #2 was proud to send a hearty farewell to six of its staff members this week as they head off into retirement.

Craig Spatz has worked for LCSD#2 for almost as long he can remember. The FFA/Agricultural teacher at Burns High School, Spatz has seen more than twenty years of students come and go during his career and will miss every single one of them as he heads off to enjoy his retirement. Although this year has been a challenge, he still feels that his contribution to his students will outshine the difficulties of the year. Spatz was planning on retiring before the COVID pandemic hit the world but was saddened to realize that he would not be spending the last of his time with his students. The cancellations for the year included the FFA Banquet, awards ceremony, outings, and everything else. While ideally Spatz would have been to watch his last class do all these things, this year was unlike any other. Spatz plans to spend his retirement doing the things that he loves to do including spending some much needed time outside while he waits for his wife to be able to retire as well. No one is quite sure what the future holds, for now Mr. Spatz just plans to enjoy each day.

Carpenter Elementary Secretary Sharon Poelma will also be saying goodbye to her students at the conclusion of this year. A fixture behind the desk for more than twenty-five years, Poelma is looking forward to doing some travelling, playing some golf, and just spending time with her family. Like Craig Spatz, Poelma had planned to retire before COVID, but the pandemic made for a strange last year. Ideally Poelma would have loved to spend her last months with the students that she had grown to love over the past years, but unfortunately that was not to be the case.

School nurse Pam Shults has been a nurse for over forty years, eighteen of those in the school system. Shults is looking forward to spending some much needed time with her family and maybe do some traveling. While she did not get to spend the last few months of her career doing what she loves the most, she is excited to see what the next chapters of her life will entail. One thing that she is looking forward to is spending some quality time with her grandchildren.

Although this is not the farewell that these teachers expected, they will forever cherish the time that they were able to spend in their respective schools. When students come back next year there will surely be an empty space where these school members were, but they have also made some room for some new blood to come in and work with our local youth.


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