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Twelve employees will retire from the Blackfoot School District at the end of the school year.
The people retiring and the number of years they have taught in the Blackfoot School District are Cherie Clawson 8 years, Kathy Crane 19 years, Scott Crane 27 years, Frankie Creasey 6 years, Valaree Estep 18 years, Ruth Hanson 17 years, Linda Plewa 28 years.
Charles Riddle 28 years, Karen Seely 34 years, Julia Dee Starr 8 years, Diane Tauscher 30 years and Sue Thomas 4 years.
Their combined experience totals 227 years of service to the district.
A reception in their honor took place Monday afternoon in the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center. The teachers celebrated retirement, offered advice to their fellow teachers and spoke briefly of future plans.
"You are all your students need," one teacher her colleagues. "I'm leaving [all supplies] behind except my memories, both happy and sad."
"I have loved the small people and I thank teachers in the Blackfoot District who taught and helped guide my children," said Karen Seely.
"I've worked to make sure my students are not afraid of testing," said a third.
"I've worked planting a seed," said social worker Diane Tauscher. "The child or someone else will nurture it.
"When we started our careers, we wanted to change the world," Tauscher said. "I didn't realize how much the world would change usâ€”the influence of our children, our students and our colleagues."
Under the heading, "do what you fear the most," retiring teacher Charles Riddle sang verses of his own creation. The chorus went, "I'm riding down these blue highways, leaving this job behind." He accompanied himself on a guitar.
"I want to thank everyoneâ€”the many students, teachers, administrators and people," said retiring Superintendent Scott Crane.
Crane has accepted the superintendent's position in the Grand County School District in Moab, Utah. His contract in Moab begins July 1.