LPEF joins District to salute 39 retirees with combined 904 years of service to La Crosse public schools

Download a flyer and donation form to honor a retiree.




The La Crosse Public Education Foundation (LPEF) is pleased to join with the School District of La Crosse in saluting 39 retiring teachers, administrators, teacher assistants, cooks and others who are ending a career of service to students. Some staff members have already retired, while others will end careers later this year. Altogether, they have served 904 years in La Crosse public schools

See a detailed list below.

With support from our Salute to Educators Sponsor Fowler & Hammer, LPEF will help to underwrite the cost of the District Retirement Dinner May 8, 2019, and also partner with the La Crosse Tribune to publicly recognize retiring employees in a full-page ad to be published May 12.

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. 21, 2020.
  • The retiree honored with the greatest number of gifts (by June 30, 2019) 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

Teresa Aakre, teacher, State Road Elementary, 31 years

Julie Ammann, teacher assistant, Summit Environmental School, 27 years

Susan Beauchamp, teacher, Central HIgh, 16 years

Jacqueline Brown, cook, Spence Elementary, 21 years

Patricia Christenson, speech-language therapist, Hamilton Elementary, 27 years

Susan Foster, administrative assistant, Logan High, 25 years

Cindy Freybler, special education teacher, Hintgen Elementary, 11 years

Elaine Gillis, teacher assistant, Logan Middle, 18 years (retired July 2018)

Jacklyn Goetsch, teacher, Emerson Elementary, 30 years

Hollis Grabinski

Hollis Grabinski, cook, Logan Middle, 20 years

Heidi Graham, teacher, State Road Elementary, 27 years

Scott Graham, teacher, Summit Environmental School, 29 years

Richard Harned, teacher, Central High, 14 years

Beth Harnish, administrative assistant, Logan High, 24 years (retired January 2019)

David Huebner, groundskeeper, 30 years

Lori Jacobson, library-HPL teacher, State Road Elementary, 13 years

Linda Justin, physical therapist, Southern Bluffs Elementary, 29 years

Susan Kendhammer, teacher assistant, Emerson Elementary, 23 years

Debra Klaeser, teacher, Summit Environmental School, 28 years

Carrie Larson

Carrie Larson, cook, Central High, 17 years

Mary Larson, Board of Education, 15 years

Jay Linhart, warehouse supervisor, 30 years

Cindy Loberg, cook, Logan Middle, 14 years

Jacalyn Mailey Faas, administrative assistant, Longfellow Middle, 36 years

Mary Milligan, administrative assistant, Logan High, 25 years

Heidi Morris, teacher, North Woods International, 19 years

Kelly Murphy, teacher, Longfellow Middle, 20 years

Penny Reedy, principal, Longfellow Middle, 15 years

Diane Rieber, teacher assistant, Summit Environmental School, 25 years

Rhonda Rosenau, cook, Central High, 26 years

Jeffrey Schultz, custodian, Logan High, 40 years (retired August 2018)

Judy Stangl, executive assistant to superintendent and Board of Education, 10 years (retired November 2018)

Katherine Storlie, teacher, Logan Middle, 29 years

Vivian Storm, occupational therapist, Southern Bluffs Elementary, 18 years

Robert “Bix” Swerman Jr., teacher, Central High 35 years (retired June 2018)

Tom Thompson, Board of Education, 15 years

Michael Thornton, network systems manager, 28 years

Kathleen Vermillion, teacher assistant, Northside Elementary, 17 years

Kathleen Wagner, teacher assistant, State Road Elementary, 27 years