By Conrad Dudderar
Yukon Public Schools is honoring a special group of employees who are retiring with a combined 459 years of service in public education.
Thirteen certified teachers and two support personnel are the Yukon school district’s 2021-22 retirees.
These district personnel have “dedicated their lives” to the education profession, YPS Superintendent Dr. Jason Simeroth said.
The list features four teachers with 40 or more years of service – Gina Ray (her entire 42-year career in Yukon), Debbie Bounds, Debbie Williams, and Judy Dinkel.
Nine of the 13 retiring YPS teachers attended the May 10th YPS Board of Education meeting where they received special recognition.
All 15 YPS retirees and their years of service are:
- Judy Dinkel – Redstone music teacher (40 years, 21 with YPS)
- Gene Oxford – Skyview third grade teacher (36 years, 18 with YPS)
- Rhonda Rundel – Lakeview fifth grade teacher (27 years, 21 with YPS)
- Debbie Bounds – Parkland third grade teacher (42 years, 32 with YPS)
- Tonya Magnus – Independence EL teacher (15 years, 14 with YPS)
- Glenna Metzler – Ranchwood third grade teacher (32 years, 30 with YPS)
- Jeanette Bechtol – Yukon Middle School art teacher (23 years, 21 with YPS)
- Donna Morris – YPS social studies curriculum coordinator (35 years, 9 with YPS)
- Jan Marvin – Yukon Middle School STEM/PLTW teacher (24 years, 23 with YPS)
- Debbie Williams – Ranchwood special education teacher (41 years, 7 with YPS)
- Sarah Welch – Independence special education teacher (36 years, 9 with YPS)
- Gina Ray – Parkland second grade teacher (42 years, 42 with YPS)
- Mike Clark – YPS athletic director (28 years, 6 with YPS)
- Timothy Puckett – Surrey Hills custodian (15 years, 15 with YPS)
- Diana Carr – Parkland paraprofessional (23 years, 23 with YPS)
Attending May’s monthly YPS Board meeting were Bounds, Williams, Morris, Oxford, Metzler, Marvin, Bechtol, Rundel, and Welch.
The group was introduced by Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jason Brunk and received gifts presented by Assistant Superintendent Desarae Witmer and Dr. Simeroth.
Each earned hearty applause from the audience for the years of dedication they’ve provided to Yukon’s students.