Digital Access

Digital Access
Access from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, Daily including the e-Edition or e-Edition only.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Choose your news! Select the text alerts you want to receive: breaking news, prep sports scores, school closings, weather, and more. Text alerts are a free service from, but text rates may apply.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Sign up for free e-newsletters today.

Area educators retiring

The last day of school is fast approaching.

Just days after local students start their summer vacations, dozens of area educators will start their retirements.

Almost 40 educators with a combined almost 850 years of service in area school districts are retiring at the end of this school year.

They are:

– Chadwick-Milledgeville School District

Linda Kness, district secretary, 36.5 years

Deb Morgan, elementary Title I teacher, 27 years

Sue Williams, high school special education teacher, 30 years

– Dixon School District

Peggy Covert, elementary physical education teacher, 17 years

Vickie Glessner, fifth-grade teacher, 22 years

Peggy Higby, special education teacher assistant, 31.5 years

Janis Matha, secretary, 14.5 years

Mary Philbrick, elementary teacher assistant, 14.5 years

A. Catherine Ratts, middle school special education teacher, 14 years

Carol Richardson, elementary special education teacher, 31 years

James Rodriguez, custodian, 9.5 years

Jill Stoker, kindergarten teacher, 23 years

Walter Wagner, custodian, 9.5 years

Janice Wiemken, middle school teacher assistant, 9 years

– Erie School District

Deb Carpenter, district bookkeeper, 25 years

Gina Epperly, third-grade teacher, 35 years

Pam Klendworth, school nurse, 14 years

Linda Roberts, fifth-grade teacher, 24 years

– Morrison School District

Cheryl Geiger, fourth-grade teacher, 22.5 years

Libby Glazier-Timmons, sixth- and seventh-grade English teacher, 29 years

Deb Hauptman, first-grade teacher, 25 years

Melissa Nyboer, sixth- and seventh-grade reading teacher, 22.5 years

Cynthia Perrizo, elementary music teacher, 15 years

Mary Simmons, high school home economics teacher, 33 years

– Montmorency School

John Rosenberry, superintendent, 7 years

Marian Rosengren, first-grade teacher, 21 years

– Nelson School

Peggy Sandoval, physical education teacher, 27 years

– Newman Central Catholic High School

Diana Wade, math teacher, 36 years

– Oregon School District

John Geeves, special education teacher, 21.5 years

Joanne Pennock, junior high social studies teacher, 19 years

– Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico School District

Denise Cady, elementary Title I teacher, 16 years

Jan Halpin, prekindergarten teacher, 10 years

– Rock Falls Elementary School

Marian Ulferts, fourth-grade teacher, 1 year (previously a teacher at Riverdale Elementary School, 36 years)

– Rock Falls High School

Jane Eichman, superintendent, 7 years (previously the superintendent at East Coloma School, 3 years)

– Sterling School District

Mary Nelmes, elementary music teacher, 34 years

Nancy Trainor, seventh-grade science teacher, 33 years

Sally Zuithoff, teacher assistant, 25 years

–SVM reporters Kayla Heimerman and Derek Barichello compiled this report.

Loading more