|Riverview honors retiring staff members|
|Written by Leanne Christensen, RSD|
|Monday, 09 July 2012 12:22|
The last few weeks of the year in every school in Riverview are filled with memorable gatherings: award events, class parties, graduations, baccalaureates and move-up ceremonies, with each drawing attention to the culmination and the significance of a successful education.
These events would not be possible without the commitment, dedication and inspiring work of our teachers and staff. Please join us as we celebrate the following RSD staff members for their many years of educational excellence, and the extraordinary legacy they have left for us all.
We will miss...
Bernice Pond, who has worked at Tolt Middle School for the past 13 years in the lunch room, her positive attitude and sense of humor made her a favorite of many Tolt students year after year.
Lynn Sinnema, a district nurse who has been dedicated to the highest level of caring, kindness and ethical behavior for every child in Riverview for the past four years and for her commitment to the health of our local community for the last 30 years.
Emily Roalkvam, an inspiring teacher who shared her passion for creating and empowering successful learners in all of her classes at both Eagle Rock and Carnation Elementary for the past 13 years.
Gwen Marvin, a compassionate and caring school counselor who has supported Cherry Valley Elementary students and their families for the past 10 years; helping to create meaningful, inclusive relationships and a healthy and successful educational environment for CVE students.
Bruce Murdock, Cedarcrest High School science teacher and his innate ability to inspire his students at each and every step of their educational journey. Bruce brought over 37 years of triumphant teaching experience to CHS, and was twice awarded Science Teacher of the Year and Outstanding Educator as well.
Cathy Mulligan, who created a welcoming and success filled environment in the resource room at Cherry Valley Elementary for the past 14 years. Her passion and creative ability to integrate various levels of intervention into her programs was a guiding force to the success of every student.
Anna Armstrong, whose love and dedication to reaching out to all types of student learners for the past 21 years at Cherry Valley Elementary, has left a significant and meaningful educational legacy, not only to her students but to the staff, parents and families as well.
Mitch Weir, who has shared his creative, innovative and encouraging style of teaching with Cherry Valley students for over 34 years. His extraordinary ability for reaching out to his students and celebrating their distinct learning style has been appreciated by many students and their parents year after year. Mitch has left a legacy of meaningful, compassionate teaching for everyone at CVE.
Bob Scharer is a teacher who is not very quickly forgotten by his students. In his 40 years teaching in Riverview, he spent 27 years as a classroom/PE teacher at Cherry Valley and 13 years as an Elementary PE Specialist at Stillwater. He has had the honor of speaking at graduating class ceremonies, which is a privilege rarely given to elementary school teachers.
Many of his students still own their highly coveted “Birthday Poster” which Mr. Scharer made for each and EVERY student every year during his tenure. If there were lists recording superlative, exceptional, incomparable, extraordinary teachers ... Bob Sharer would be at the very top of each and every one.
Teaching ... “When you love people and have the desire to make a profound and positive impact upon the world.”
~ Sasha Azevedo