Originally published Monday, May 14, 2018 at 06:00a.m.

On Wednesday, May 8, the Humboldt Unified School District Governing Board recognized all retiring employees for the 2017-18 school year. Retirees and their families and coworkers attended a reception prior to the scheduled school board meeting. It is a time to reflect on their contribution to the district and share stories with co-workers that they will take with them onto their next journey in life.

Employees retiring after one to 10 years of service included Frank Thompson, bus driver in the Transportation Department and Jimmy Lawson, custodian at Glassford Hill Middle School retiring after one year.

Retiring after two years of service are Elizabeth Couvreur-Cook, teacher at Mountain View Elementary, Marie Fiedler, Title 1 aide at Lake Valley and Janice Gullick, pre-school aide at Bright Futures. Retiring after three years of service is Travis Grant, security at Bradshaw Mountain High School and Carolyn Jacobsen, teacher at Mountain View Elementary.

Retiring after four years is Sharon Mason, who worked in our district finance department. Retiring after five years is Diane Bright, Title 1 aide at Granville Elementary, Ray Plumb, bus driver in Transportation and Sylvia Torres, teacher’s aide at Liberty Traditional. Memarie Walters will be retiring after six years of service in our English Language Learner program at the district office. Karen Rivenes will be retiring after eight years of service as an instructional aide at Coyote Springs Elementary. Employees retiring after 11 years of service include Cheryl Lowman, teacher at Mountain View Elementary, Debra Mueller, preschool aide at Bright Futures and Debra Rubien, conduct coordinator for our transportation department. Roger Rubien retired after twelve years with the district as the route coordinator for the transportation department. Ken Johnson retired after 14 years of service as the Director of Maintenance.

Retiring after 20 years of service is Brian Mulcahy, teacher at Bradshaw Mountain High School (BMHS). Retiring after 21 years of service is Myrna Villa, school counselor at BMHS. Retiring with 22 years of service is Loretta Simpson, ELL teacher at Mountain View.

Laurie Sebring is retiring with 23 years as an instructional aide at Mountain View. Tusanne Cordes is retiring with 28 years of service formerly as the Principal of Lake Valley.

Last, but certainly not least is Stacia Knotek who is retiring after 28 years of service as a title 1 teacher at Mountain View.

Upon hearing of Stacia Knotek’s retirement, district administrative secretary Kelly Byrd stated, “Stacey Knotek is an amazing educator.

Her ability to assess what works with individual students, and then assist that student to reach their full academic potential, is a true talent. Several generations of Mountain View Elementary School students have benefited from Mrs. Knotek’s love, care and support. Humboldt Unified will truly miss this gifted teacher.” Mrs. Byrd worked with Mrs. Knotek at Mountain View for over 16 years.

The Governing Board expressed their sincere appreciation to these outstanding individuals for their contribution to the academic mission of the Humboldt Unified School District.

Information provided by Humboldt Unified School District.