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Gering Public Schools honors retirees
May 15, 2014 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen - Retiring staff and teacher from Gering schools include, from left in front, Carla Enlow, Peg Beatty, Cindy Drumheller, Kathy Gingrich, and Kristy Keller. In back are Jack Martin and Lee Muhr.

Friends and family gathered at Gering High School last week to deliver cards and best wishes to several staff members and teachers who are retiring at the end of this school year.

Peg Beatty is leaving 35 years of teaching 1st grade, most recently at Cedar Canyon Elementary School. Im really going to miss the kids and the staff I work with, she said. I dont have any long term plans for the future, but Ill be visiting my children and grandchildren more often.

Kathy Gingrich has been with the district for 29 years and retires as a para educator in the library at Geil Elementary School. I think what Ill miss is encouraging the kids to read because thats really important, she said. My plan for retirement is to just enjoy it. Ill also be spending more time with my grandkids.

Kristy Keller has been with the district for the past 28 years and currently teaches social studies at the Junior High School. Im excited but scared at the same time, she said. Im looking forward to retiring but will miss the kids I work with. Ill also miss the staff. Its been a lot of good years.

As for the future, Keller said she plans to do whatever I want. I plan to take some time off and see what happens. I have two wonderful grandchildren and plan to spend some time with them.

Jack Martin, a familiar face around the community, is retiring from 38 years with Gering schools. He currently teaches physical education at Lincoln Elementary. Im going to miss the kids because theyre all interesting, he said. And the staff has been great to work with.

Martin said he doesnt plan to disappear. He will continue to work part-time for the City of Gering Recreation Department. His wife, Becky, still teaches at Lake Minatare School. But they do plan to attend a class reunion in Wisconsin over the summer.

Lee Muhr has been a custodian at Lincoln Elementary School for most of his 19 years with the district. He was also there for the transition from the old building into a new one. Both buildings have been great to work in, he said. I think the new one is a big plus for the schools.

For the future, he said he plans to relax some and do some fishing. However, he will also help his brother build a house.

Another retiring employee from Lincoln Elementary is Carla Enlow, who has worked in food service for the past 25 years. I had one year at Northfield, but the rest of my career was at Lincoln, she said. The kitchen in the new Lincoln building is great from a food service standpoint, but its a bit distant from the rest of the building so I dont get to see the teachers and mingle with them as often. And I will miss the kids. Whoever they hire next will be lucky to work in that kitchen.

Cindy Drumheller retires from 33 years of teaching. Starting with a nine year career with Melbeta schools, shes currently teaching 1st grade at Northfield Elementary School.

Ive developed great friendships with my colleagues and Im really going to miss that, she said. Ill also miss the students. Ive been teaching so long, Ive taught some of the children of my early students.

Like her fellow retiring staff, Drumheller said she plans to do some traveling and enjoy life at a slower pace.
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