Pottsgrove Pupils Are Back Soon, But Not These Faces

Superintendent Shellie Feola, left; retiree Ann Myers, and school board President Justin Valentine post for a photo from the audience seats

Superintendent Shellie Feola, left; retiree Ann Myers, and school board President Justin Valentine post for an audience photo

POTTSTOWN PA – As students return later this month (August 2014) to classes in the Pottsgrove School District, some faces that became familiar over the years won’t be around to welcome them back.

They’ve retired.

District administrators and the Board of School Directors recently said farewells, and offered retirement gifts, to nine long-time members of the Pottsgrove “family,” as Superintendent Shellie Feola called them. They are Ann Myers, Cheryl D’Aiello, Bob Devlin, Kathy Keefe, Michelle Marsteller, Terry Rhinebold, Kay Vogt, Don Fehr, and Joanne Wirt.

Each received words of appreciation, and a round of applause, as their names were called during the board’s last meeting. Feola read aloud these descriptions of each:

Ann Myers Ann has worn many hats since she began her career at Pottsgrove in 1982. Starting as a substitute teacher, Ann quickly received a contract for her own classroom. She taught for several years before moving into the Supervisor of Special Education position and eventually her current position of Director of Pupil Services. Ann loves to travel, and enjoys outdoor activities such as biking and participating in mud runs. Ann is looking forward spending time with her family and especially her two grandchildren.

Cheryl D’Aiello Cheryl began her teaching career at Pottstown School District in 1972. In 1983 she came to Pottsgrove, and for the last 24 years she has been teaching math on Team 7-2 at the middle school. Cheryl enjoys traveling, spending time with her grandchildren, and is extremely excited at the prospect of being able to do more of both in the years to come.

Bob Devlin Bob will retire from the district in September. He began his career at Pottsgrove in 1984. Bob loves to travel; he has been to Ireland, France, England and Greece, and plans to travel even more now that he is retiring. He is also looking forward to biking and hiking, walking his dog Bridie, solving crossword puzzles, and cheering on the Eagles, Flyers, and Phillies.

Kathy Keefe Kathy started her career at Pottsgrove as a second grade teacher at Lower Pottsgrove before eventually becoming the primary computer teacher for the district. After retirement, she plans to spend time with her family and has a two-week trip planned with her husband, cruising around the Hawaiian Islands.

Michelle Marsteller Michelle returned to teaching in 1986 after taking time off to raise her four daughters. She has taught first grade her entire career, starting at West Pottsgrove and transferring to Ringing Rocks for the last two years. She looks forward to relaxing and spending time with her five grandchildren.

A boxed memento was the district's thank-you gift

A boxed memento was the district thank-you gift

Terry Rhinebold Terry joined Pottsgrove as a special education teacher on August 28, 2000, and eventually moved to her current position as a 6th-grade social studies teacher. Terry has a strong love of music and began a hand bell program at the middle school. She enjoyed taking part in the “Middle School Bridge Band.” Terry will miss her students and colleagues, but is looking forward to her retirement.

Kay Vogt Kay began her Pottsgrove career as a substitute teacher before being hired full-time in 1994. She taught at Ringing Rocks for one year and transferred to first grade at West Pottsgrove, where she has worked ever since. Kay and her husband love to camp and are looking forward to traveling across county in their RV and spending time with their grandchildren.

Don Fehr Don began working in 1998 as a substitute custodian. He worked for several years on the grounds crew before becoming a custodian in 2003. Don looks forward to relaxing and spending time with his family when he retires.

Joanne Wirt Joanne began working at Pottsgrove in 1988, eventually becoming the full-time staff nurse at West Pottsgrove Elementary. She is the proud mother of three Pottsgrove graduates, and while she has enjoyed her time working with the students and staff at West Pottsgrove she is anxiously awaiting the birth of another grandchild. Joanne is looking forward to babysitting and spending more time with her family.

Related (to the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors’ June 17 meeting):

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