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Lake Tahoe Unified School District says goodbye to employees

Paul Middlebrook, publisher of the Tahoe Daily Tribune

My column today is nothing but a simple tribute. It is a tribute to those who have made an impact on so many. When the day comes that I can retire, I would like to think that I have made a difference in the lives of just a few people. The people listed below have made an impact on many.

The Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation will have its 14th Annual Celebration of Education to honor and recognize the following retiring school district administrators, teachers and support staff on May 29 at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. Friends, family and colleagues are invited to join in this tribute to those who have given so many years of dedication to the Lake Tahoe Unified School District.

— Leilani Anderson-Connolly, taught at Bijou, English at the middle school and high school, 35 years.

— Katherine “Kitt” Barkley, high school counselor, 15 years.

— Sue Bartholomew, taught home economics at high school and middle school, 27 years.

— Claire Capistrant, taught at Tahoe Valley and Al Tahoe, 38 years.

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— Barbara Channing, aide at high school, Sierra House and district office secretary, 22 years.

— Michael Connolly, taught science at high school, 35 years.

— Jim Ellis, Tahoe Valley principal and program director of special education, 20 years.

— Karen Ellis, high school counselor and principal, 16 years.

— Laura Funderburk, bus driver, 19 years.

— Beverly Gerrard, worked in school cafeterias and district office, 16 years.

— John Irwin, taught language arts, social studies, math and OCR at middle school, 32 years.

— Toni Kelly, school psychologist and program specialist, 14 years.

— Virginia Matus-Glenn, principal at Sierra House and Bijou, 20 years.

— Suzanne McDowell, secretary at Tahoe Valley and middle school, 19 years.

— Diane Miller, secretary at Mt. Tallac, high school and TLC, 18 years.

— Carol Nielsen, Aide and Librarian at Bijou, 24 years.

— Chris Owens, cafeteria supervisor and librarian at Sierra House and middle school, 24 years.

— Barbara Pries, instructional aide at Al Tahoe and Tahoe Valley, 31 years.

— Carolyn Ramirez, special education aide at middle school and high school, 24 years.

— Joy Rothschild, aide at Al Tahoe and SARB advocate, 16 years.

— Ana Winston, aide at Bijou, Al Tahoe and high school, bilingual community liaison, 22 years.

— Joan Worrell, taught at Sierra House and Meyers, 29 years.

— Margaret “Maggie” Young, taught at middle school, Bijou, Al Tahoe and Tahoe Valley, 36 years.

Not counting the years many of these individuals have served in other school districts, their time in the Lake Tahoe Unified School District adds up to 552 years of service.

On behalf of the community, the school district, and those lives you so greatly impacted, we thank you and wish you well in your future endeavors.

Paul Middlebrook is publisher of the Tahoe Daily Tribune. He may be reached at pmiddlebrook@tahoedailytribune.com

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