For 34 years, Sarah Brugman’s profession has consisted of Middle School Reading and Language arts. When she leaves after this school year, she is looking forward to spending more time with her grandchildren. She has also decided to be available for substitute teaching. Her advice to a new teacher or to a teacher coming into the district is, “Establish routines early and get to know the kids. Love each and every one of them and make sure they know it.”
In 1989, Jenifer Thayer entered her first year of teaching in Emmetsburg where she has taught Language Arts in the Middle School. After 33 years she will head to a second career. She plans to begin an office job this summer. Her recommendations for new teachers coming in to the system is, “Be flexible. Plans are constantly changing, so you have to adjust, sometimes at a moment’s notice.”
Robin Hauswirth will complete her 35th year in Emmetsburg’s school system at the end of the school year. As a fifth grade, teacher she has learned to celebrate the differences in each student. That is part of her advice for any incoming teacher. She offers, “Embrace all of the differences in the students because that is what makes everyday different. Never take anything personally and enjoy the ride. It is a crazy and rewarding one.”
Over the years these three women have influenced, educated and imparted many words of wisdom to an overall average of at least 850 students each.
THREE EMMETSBURG TEACHERS TO START ANOTHER CHAPTER -- Left to right are Sarah Brugman, Jenifer Thayer and Robin Hauswirth. Each will retire from teaching in the Emmetsburg Public School District at the end of May. The teachers were eloquent in their advice to incoming educators. See their stories below.
One hundred and two years of teaching are reflected in the careers of Sarah Brugman, Robin Hauswirth and Jenifer Thayer. Through the years at Emmetsburg Public School District each has seen changes in buildings, teaching techniques and in administration. Always their main focus has been how they could do the best for each student. -- Diane Weiland photo
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