The annual Pittsburg Community Schools Spring Honors Reception to honor retiring teachers will be held at 3:45 p.m. Monday in the lower level of Memorial Auditorium.

The annual Pittsburg Community Schools Spring Honors Reception to honor retiring teachers will be held at 3:45 p.m. Monday in the lower level of Memorial Auditorium.

The reception is sponsored by the USD 250 Board of Education and the Pittsburg Education Association. 
All staff members, retired teachers and friends in the community are invited to attend.

A piano prelude will be provided by Beverly Chouinard, retired teacher. Dawn McNay, president of the Board of Education, and Sherry Turnbull, co-president of PEA, will welcome guests.

This year’s retiring teachers include: Linda Gray, Social Science and English teacher, PHS; Carmella Heter, Title Reading Teacher, Westside Elementary; Skip McConnell, Math Teacher, PHS; Marsha Merando, First Grade Teacher, Westside Elementary; Peggy Polsak, Fifth Grade Teacher, Westside Elementary; Debby Potter, Early Childhood Special Education, SEK-Interlocal; Phillis Scorse, Principal, Meadowlark Elementary; Karen Smith, Math Teacher, PCMS; David Turnbull, Math Teacher, PCMS; Bert Van Luyck, Math Teacher, PHS; and Linda Willis, Title Reading Teacher, Westside Elementary.
The retiring teachers will be honored at the reception with a card shower and the traditional school bell from the Pittsburg Education Association. They will be introduced by colleagues and have a chance to respond concerning their career and future plans.

The Pittsburg Education Association Scholarship will be awarded to Valarie Maris, PHS Senior who plans to pursue a degree in math education.

Certificates awarded by the University of Kansas for 25 years of service to the profession in Kansas will be presented by Superintendent Destry Brown. They will be awarded to Merle Clark, PHS; Virginia Darling, PCMS; Doris Grotheer, Melissa Rink, and Gary Woodrum, Westside Elementary; and Linda Lawson, Lakeside Elementary.

Other teachers who have received awards throughout the year will receive certificates from PEA. They include Horizon Award winner Amy Bartlow, Nettels Elementary, given by the Kansas Department of Education to outstanding teachers after one year of teaching; PSU Clyde U. Phillips Outstanding Educator nominee Lacey O’Brien, Lakeside Elementary; Clyde U. Phillips Distinguished Service Award nominee Kristy Uttley, PCMS; Shay Sievert, Secondary Kansas Teacher of the Year nominee, PCMS; Kelly Collver, Elementary Kansas Teacher of the Year nominee, Westside Elementary; Lori Wilks, Nettels Elementary and Peggy Polsak, Westside Elementary, KTCCU Teacher of the Month awards; Rebecca Turnbull, selected for the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History at the University of Colorado this summer, PCMS; and Lynette Wescott, Kansas History Day Teacher of the Year, PCMS.

Also honored will be Anna Fintel Excellence in Education award nominees Michelle Casey, Lakeside Elementary; Sharon Sisk, Meadowlark Elementary; and Stephanie White and Linda Willis, Westside Elementary.

USD 250 Globe Award winner, Babs Tims, Lakeside Elementary, will be recognized, along with nominees Linda Barberich and Emily Smith, PHS; Shelley Hale, PCMS; Ladonna Pyle, Meadowlark; and Sandy Haile, Phil Jay, and Sherry Turnbull, Lakeside.

Service Pins for years of service in USD 250 will be presented by Brown and Assistant Superintendent Cory Gibson.  Those with five years of service are Jon Bishop, Mary Bishop, Virginia Darling, Chris Garzone, Karen Kelso, Ann Lee, Rebecca Lomshek, Lacey O’Brien, Mitch Riggs, Melissa Rink, Rebecca Turnbull, Vicki VanBecelaere, and Rhonda Willis. Honored for 10 years are Mandy Arck, Brenda Engelman, Andy Gottlob, Phil Jay, Jeff Morey, Abbey Poling, Cathy Ratzlaff, and Scott Rieck.  Fifteen-year pins will be awarded to Melinda Degruson, Diana Guiles, Lisa Schwob, Bev Snodgrass, and Lynette Wescott.  Those with 20 years of service are Gary Ausemus, Linda Baldwin, Linda Garrow, Mike Hogard, Linda Nelson, Linda Runyan, and Stephanie White.  Honored for 25 years of service will be Melissa Arbuckle, Carol Ayers, Linda Lawson, Greg Lopez, Lori Mendicki, and Gary Woodrum.  Mike Elder will be recognized for 30 years of service.  Those with 35 years are Janie Scott and Susie Dalton, and 40-year service pins will be awarded to Marsha Merando and Bert VanLuyck.

Appreciation of Professional People Leading Education (A.P.P.L.E.) Awards will be given by the Pittsburg Education Association. Local nominees and KNEA UniServ Southeast winners include: Michelle Casey and Sherry Turnbull, Advocate Award; Mary Ann DeMott, Thank You Award; Joella Reid, Tom Zerr, and Larry Downing, Create Award; and PEA, Local #1 in the UniServ Award.  Other nominees included Rhonda White, Bargaining Award; Courtney McCartney, Create Award; and Friend of Education nominees Brett Dalton and Chris Curtis.

Special recognition will be given to Cory Gibson, Assistant Superintendent, who is leaving to become Superintendent in Halstead-Bentley.

The reception is coordinated by PEA Co-Presidents Michelle Casey and Sherry Turnbull.  PEA Vice-president Anita White, Treasurer Mary Ann DeMott, and Building Representatives Nancy Arthurs, Teresa Hall, Rebecca Turnbull, Vicki Van Becelaere, Rhonda White, and Kerstin Womble will also be recognized.

Refreshments will be served beginning at 3:30.