Honor retirees with a gift to support our schools
The La Crosse Public Education Foundation (LPEF) is pleased again this year to join with the School District of La Crosse in saluting retiring teachers and other staff members.
LPEF will help underwrite the cost of the District Retirement Dinner in mid-May, and will again partner with the La Crosse Tribune to publicly recognize 37 employees who have already retired or have scheduled retirement this spring or summer. See list below.
Former students, colleagues and friends looking for a way to honor and recognize these people for their dedicated service to education may want to consider a gift to LPEF. We’ve created a special recognition program to encourage these types of lasting gifts.
- For each gift of $35 or more, we’ll provide the retiring staff member with a complimentary ticket (limit 4) to our Grants Award Luncheon set for Jan. 16, 2017.
- The retiree honored with the greatest number of gifts (by June 30) will be recognized at the Grants Award Luncheon – and a classroom or staff development grant will be awarded in his/her name.
For information and form to submit your gift, download our special flyer.
Retirees, most recent position and years of service to the School District of La Crosse
David Aponte, Central High teacher, 16 years
Rachel Aspenson, Logan High teacher, 27 years
Ruthann Bahr, Longfellow Middle teacher assistant, 31 years
Deborah Bemis, Emerson Elementary teacher, 29 years
Carol Bloom, District physical therapist/teacher, 38 years
Thomas Campbell, Logan High teacher, 23 years
Kim Dahl, Hamilton Elementary custodian, 10 years
Amy Ellingson, Logan High teacher, 20 years
Sharon Floyd, Longfellow Middle school nutrition staff, 16 years (retired Nov. 2015)
Lois Gissal, Logan High health assistant, 16 years
Curt Grinde, Hintgen Elementary teacher, 32 years
Randy Haas, Emerson Elementary teacher, 22 years
Kathryn Hietbrink, Central High and Juvenile Detention Center teacher/counselor, 11 years
Timothy Hill, Central High teacher, 27 years
Peter Klitzke, Hamilton Elementary teacher, 16 years
Jeffrey Koby, Longfellow Middle school nutrition staff, 12 years (retired Feb. 2016)
Kealy Lonning, Spence Elementary teacher, 25 years
Paul Lyga, Central High teacher, 33 years
Cheryl Oke, Longfellow Middle teacher assistant, 31 years
Mike Oliver, Northside Elementary custodian, 23 years (retired July 2015)
Kathleen Patros, Hamilton Elementary teacher assistant, 24 years
Christi Pfaff, Emerson Elementary teacher, 28 years
Karen Poehling, Spence Elementary teacher assistant, 17 years
Cheryl Reavis, Emerson Elementary teacher, 14 years
Shari Riley, Southern Bluffs Elementary teacher, 31 years
Denise Shedivy, Southern Bluffs Elementary teacher, 23 years
Joyce Smalley, District Finance Manager, 11 years (retiring in Sept. 2016)
Kathleen Steffen, Hintgen Elementary teacher, 20 years
Dale Swenson, Lincoln Middle custodian, 15 years
Cindy Thompson, Southern Bluffs Elementary administrative assistant, 22 years (retired Jan. 2016)
Danette Tritch, Central High teacher, 25 years
Marietta Vanderkelen, Logan High teacher assistant, 26 years (retired June 2015)
Julie Weinmann, Logan High teacher, 13 years
Karen Wilke, Longfellow Middle teacher, 27 years
Robin Wilson, Longfellow Middle administrative assistant, 27 years
Nhia Xiong, Logan Middle custodian, 22 years
Stacy Yellick, North Woods Elementary teacher, 30 years