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Students say goodbye to retirees and teachers in reverse parade


May 29, 2020

Jana Peterson

Elementary media specialist Jill Elwood waves goodbye to students while surrounded by many of her favorite things.

Washington Elementary School held a "reverse parade" Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. Retiring teachers sat in special personalized parade floats outside the building, while other school staff found a place to stand or sit so they could wave and chat with students who were driven (clockwise) past the school building. Teachers made signs with messages for students, and the weather cooperated.

There are a number of retirements in the district this year.

Cloquet Schools: Retirements

Washington Elementary

• Mary Bakken, kindergarten teacher

• Rhonda Chapin, fourth-grade teacher

• Leanne Schmidt,

second-grade teacher

• Julie Schultz, first-grade teacher

• Lori Alaspa, head secretary

• Laurie Thudin, secretary/ receptionist

• Kevin Boedigheimer, head custodian

Churchill Elementary

• Annette Unertl, fourth-grade teacher

• Ernest Goldberg, cleaner

• Cheryl Foss, SPED paraprofessional

Cloquet Middle School

• Debra Fisher, English teacher

• Carolyn Kedrowski, fifth-grade teacher

Cloquet High School

• Dan Naslund, English teacher

• Keith Marti, head custodian

• Rhonda Mielke, guidance secretary

• Yvonne Crotteau, SPED paraprofessional

From far left, retiring teacher Julie Schultz sits on high like royalty, while fellow first-grade teachers Jill Brenner, Sheila Kahlstorf and Ann Doesken wave goodbye to students from ground level

• Mary Comrie, SPED paraprofessional


• Jill Elwood, Media specialist, Washington and Churchill

• Grace Hall, ECFE/SR coordinator, Cloquet Community Ed

• Susan Zmyslony, special education coordinator, Northern Lights Academy

• Bonnie Monfeldt, executive assistant to superintendent

• Karrie Osvold, curriculum secretary, Central Admin

• Marlys Udenberg, teacher's assistant, Li'l Lumberjacks

• Susan Connor, paraprofessional, CAAEP


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