Retirees and outstanding teachers and associates were honored Tuesday evening for their contributions to Sedalia School District 200 by the Sedalia Community Educators Association.
SCEA, a local educators’ group that provides a variety of services to district teachers, held its annual recognition dinner in the Smith-Cotton High School cafeteria.
Three retirees attended, and their supervisors offered insights into their impact on students and co-workers.
Parkview Elementary School second-grade teacher Donna Katzing spent 17 years in the Sedalia district, after serving for 13 years in Stover. The bulk of her teaching time was at the kindergarten level, and Parkview Principal Kelly Sobaski called Katzing “an outstanding kindergarten teacher” and noted she was the building’s outstanding educator for the 2006-07 school year.
“It is an honor to speak on Donna’s behalf,” Sobaski said. “She will be missed at Parkview and in the Sedalia district.”
Skyline Elementary custodian Ron Weathers was praised by Principal Kelly McFatrich for being the last of the school’s original staff members from when the school opened in 1990.
“Mr. Ron,” as the Skyline staff calls him, is known as a practical joker, a crossword puzzle buff and a political news junkie.
“He always knew what was going on in politics, and he was always willing to share his opinions,” McFatrich said, eliciting laughs from Weathers and his family. She drew more laughs when she said it was known throughout her building that Weathers worked in exchange for pie.
“But no matter what he was asked to do, he did it with a smile,” McFatrich said.
District technology coordinator Jim Allain is “the most competent individual I have ever worked with,” said Brad Pollitt, assistant superintendent.
In preparing to open the new high school, Pollitt said he had Allain help him with ordering new furniture for the building.
“I don’t think Jim signed on for that,” Pollitt said. As he got to know Allain more, Pollitt said he found Allain to be “an amazing individual from his youth to where he is today.”
Pollitt added: “I truly appreciate your pride in what you do for our students.”
SCEA also honored the district’s outstanding educators and associates from each school; those recipients were announced at the end of the group’s school board candidate forum in February.
And thanks to a successful membership drive, SCEA this year was able to double the number of $500 scholarships it provides from two to four. The recipients were Zachary Hansen, Casey Hurley, Connor Hurley and Brett Lang.
SCEA President Kevin Ditzfeld said applicants must be graduating seniors and have at least one parent who is a member of SCEA.