Wednesday Jun 16 2010
It's the last bell for 3 teachers
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
Loomis Union School District employees to retire
Marie Mulvany, Peggy Stare and Kathy Gosch are among five retiring teachers from the Loomis Union School District who have spent 160 combined years molding, influencing and impacting young learners. Lou Ferguson and Debbie Newton — the other retirees, were featured in an article in the June 3, 2010 issue of the Loomis News. MARIE MULVANY Marie Mulvany remembers her first year of teaching 32 years ago at Placer Elementary School. “It was my birthday and the principal called me to tell me the school burned down,” Mulvany said. Luckily, that didn’t change the course of her career. Mulvany said working in education has been a great job. “Teaching is so amazing, so rewarding, so challenging. It’s been fabulous,” she said. Mulvany said this year she is teaching fifth grade, but she’s taught seventh and eighth grade for 28 years. Her philosophy has been to “let students know you care for them and to provide an exciting, interesting and challenging curriculum.” “If students don’t know you care about them, then they don’t buy into it,” Mulvany said. As a multi-decade educator, Mulvany said she’s been to students’ “weddings, their baby showers and I’m teaching their children. It’s so delightful.” She said wherever she goes, a former student will come up and ask if she remembers them. “I run into former students all the time. It’s happened in San Diego, Hawaii and Mexico,” she said. Mulvany said she’s “really going to miss the students, teachers and families. We’re very tight-knit. The kids are great because the families are great.” Mulvany said she plans to garden, read, clean out closets, travel to the national parks and visit with her two sons during retirement. “I hope to make it to Italy someday, too,” she said. PEGGY STARE Peggy Stare is a 23-year teacher and spent 13 years at Loomis Grammar School before moving to H. Clarke Powers. She said she loves watching children grow. Stare has seen a lot of growth in her first- and second-grade students over the years and is now teaching her former student’s children. Stare said she enjoys teaching young children how to read. “I love watching the progression from the discovery of letters to making words to putting the words together into sentences,” Stare said. The retiree noted that one of the changes she’s seen over the years is that what used to be taught in first grade is now being taught in kindergarten. Stare said the highlight of her career was being a part of the first teaching staff for H. Clarke Powers. “I was here from the ground floor when we opened it with only kindergarten through fourth grade. It was a real fun, special time,” Stare said. She also said she also was a language arts and math mentor to help support teachers and was involved in building a reading instruction and development system for the district. To kick off her retirement, Stare is going on a seven-day Caribbean cruise and plans to visit her daughter and grandchildren in New York. She hopes to do some volunteer work and get more involved in music and go to more concerts. Stare is a fan of classical music. She also expects to quilt and read. When her husband retires in two years, they want to go to the British Isles to search out her English and Scottish roots. “I’m very happy to have my last class be one of my favorite classes. It’s very satisfying,” she said. KATHY GOSCH Kathy Gosch, a Placer School teacher for the last 10 years, said she’s looking forward to not having a plan. “Just the idea that I can wake up in the morning without a plan is thrilling,” she said. Gosch taught in Alaska, San Jose, Napa and Fairfield before relocating to Placer County. “The parents are way more involved here than at other districts I’ve taught in,” Gosch said. Gosch said she believes she’s done her best teaching in Loomis. “We’ve had excellent staff development with Carolyn Nichols,” she said of the assistant superintendent of curriculum. “Carolyn picked innovative, creative workshops and seminars. After 30 years of teaching, I’ve had ‘Ah-ha,’ moments. I hope the teachers will use those great ideas that Carolyn taught,” Gosch said. Gosch said she will miss the kids the most. “They touch you – every single kid in a different way,” Gosch said. During retirement, Gosch looks forward to being home, spending time with her four dogs and visiting with her two children and four grandchildren. She said she’d like to take a watercolor class, learn how to make tile and see the United States. “I love being home. I just want to be,” she said.