Retirement Special Issue: Volume 46, No. 11, May 18, 2018

Retirees at 2018 district retirement party

We appreciate our 2017-18 retirees

The Governing Board and superintendency hosted a reception May 3 for the 2017-18 retirees of Mesa Public Schools.

Yvette Orozco, executive secretary at human resources, and Ryan Norton, Spanish teacher at Mountain View High School, served as emcees.

Attendees enjoyed flower centerpieces from Dobson High School FFA, as well as a selfie station for party pictures from EdTV and communications and marketing. 

A heartwarming video by EdTV was also shown at the reception, starring several retiring employees. Watch the video on the district YouTube.

The school board and superintendency extend their congratulations and best wishes to . . .

Jean Akers, English, Westwood High, 2001-2018, 17 years
Cheryl Anderson, Child Nutrition Assistant, Taylor Junior High, 2013-2017, 4 years
David Aranda, Press Operator, Printing and Publishing, 1980-2018, 38 years
Rosa Arredondo, Second Grade, Kerr Elementary, 1995-2017, 22 years
Rosa Arvizu, Special Education Instructional Assistant, Red Mountain Center for Early Education, 1996-2018, 22 years

Jeannie Barbour, SLD, Wilson Elementary, 1994-2017, 23 years
Judy Beach, Bus Aide, Transportation, 1997-2018, 21 years
Kathleen Benard, Child Nutrition Cook, Red Mountain High, 1993-2018, 25 years
Alicia Berzins, Title I School Improvement Specialist, Fremont Junior High, 1998-2018, 20 years
Ann Black, Autism, Hughes Elementary, 2011-2018, 7 years
Peter Blahak, Art, Mountain View High, 1985-2018, 33 years
Victoria Blake, SLD, Red Mountain High, 2004-2018, 14 years
Jackson Bogle, Bus Driver, Transportation, 2011-2018, 7 years
Donette Bone, Student Advisor, Dobson High, 1993-2018, 25 years
Steven Bratcher, Facility Assistant, Red Mountain Ranch Elementary, 1986-2018, 32 years
Margo Brindley, Reading Intervention, Lehi Elementary, 1987-2018, 31 years
Kimberly Brock, Instructional Specialist, Career & Technical Education, 2007-2018, 11 years
Diane Burn, Bus Driver, Transportation, 1997-2017, 20 years

Lynn Cannon, Kindergarten, Ishikawa Elementary, 1994-2017, 23 years
Ronald Carpenter, Music, Dobson High, 1993-2018, 25 years
Pu Chen, English, Westwood High, 2001-2018, 17 years
Marcia Christiansen, PSL, Jordan Center for Early Education, 2004-2018, 14 years
Maria Christopher, Kindergarten, Keller Elementary, 2004-2018, 14 years
Lucille Clark, SLD, Salk Elementary, 2004-2018, 14 years
Marlene Clark, Nurse, Johnson/Irving Elementary, 2001-2018, 17 years
Debora Collins, First Grade, Robson Elementary, 2011-2018, 7 years
Richard Collins, Bus Driver, Transportation, 2005-2018, 13 years
Patricia Conley, First Grade, Summit Academy, 1995-2018, 23 years
Janet Coombs, Kindergarten, Field Elementary, 1980-2018, 21 years
Barbara Cooper, Special Education Instructional Assistant, Rhodes Junior High, 2011-2018, 7 years
Michael B. Cowan, Superintendent, Mesa Public Schools, 1988-2018, 30 years

Helen Darcy, Resource Center Specialist, Lowell Elementary, 1992-2018, 26 years
Elaine Desjardins, Fourth Grade, Adams Elementary, 2004-2018, 14 years
John Diehl, Social Studies, Poston Junior High, 2002-2018, 16 years
Tracie Dobbins-Stanton, First Grade, O'Connor Elementary, 1998-2018, 20 years
Michele Dossiea-Carter, Sixth Grade, Longfellow Elementary, 2000-2018, 18 years
Rondi Dubrock, Montessori, Pomeroy Elementary, 1996-2018, 22 years
Brent Dunford, Elementary Physical Education, Webster Elementary, 1994-2018, 24 years
Gary Durrett, Math, Westwood High, 1987-2018, 31 years
Eva Dwight, Counselor, Smith Junior High, 1992-2018, 26 years

Julie and Michael Elliott at 2018 retirement partyCathy Easterling, Title I School Improvement Specialist, Lindbergh Elementary, 1987-2018, 31 years
Roberta Edwardson, Instructional Assistant GUS, Crismon Elementary, 2015-2018, 3 years
Julie Elliott, Department Secretary, Creative and Performing Arts, 2003-2018, 15 years (pictured, left)
Michael Elliott, Bus Driver, Transportation, 2007-2018, 11 years (pictured, left)

Joseph Fairchild, Social Studies, Westwood High, 1999-2018, 19 years
Lisa Farrelly, Instructional Assistant, Ishikawa Elementary, 1995-2018, 23 years
Debra Farschman, Kindergarten, Keller Elementary, 1989-2018, 29 years
Marianne Finley, DD, Jordan Center for Early Education, 2006-2018, 12 years
Glenn Fischer, Distribution Worker, Food and Nutrition Warehouse, 2006-2018, 12 years
Dolores Fisher, Special Education Instructional Assistant, Red Mountain Center for Early Education, 1991-2018, 27 years
Lori Flake, Sixth Grade, Madison Elementary, 1979-2018, 22 years
Cynthia Flood, First Grade, Emerson Elementary, 2006-2018, 12 years
Sandra Fortner, Science, Stapley Junior High, 2001-2018, 17 years
Laura Francisco, Child Nutrition Assistant, Dobson High, 2005-2017, 12 years
Kimberly Franklin, Science, Fremont Junior High, 1988-2018, 14 years
Debbie Freeborn, Resource Center Specialist, Stevenson Elementary, 1999-2017, 18 years
Helen Frischenmeyer, Reading Intervention, Redbird Elementary, 2011-2018, 7 years

Catherine Galas, Math, Westwood High, 1998-2018, 20 years
Deanne Gardner, Bus Aide, Transportation, 2009-2017, 8 years
Donald Garner, Second Grade, Keller Elementary, 1998-2018, 20 years
Lauran Gerbens, Sixth Grade, Edison Elementary, 2005-2018, 13 years
Kathryn Germaine, Second Grade, Zaharis Elementary, 2002-2018, 16 years
Kim Gerodimos, Fifth Grade, Hermosa Vista Elementary, 1986-2018, 33 years
Valerie Gibbs, Accounting Specialist, Payroll, 2011-2018, 7 years
Rita Glandon, Secretary to Principal, Stevenson Elementary, 1985-2018, 33 years
Carol Glazier, SLD, Whittier Elementary, 2003-2018, 15 years
Aida R. Gloria, Testing Clerk, ELAD, 2006-2018, 12 years
Mark Goetz, Warehouse Worker, Matériel Distribution Center, 2011-2017, 6 years
Mary Goetz, Human Resources Analyst, Human Resources, 1997-2017, 20 years
Janis Goldstein, Science, Dobson High, 2010-2018, 8 years
Terry Gomez, Instructional Assistant, Keller Elementary, 1994-2018, 24 years
Toni Gonzales, Nurse, Bush/Red Mountain Ranch Elementary, 2006-2018, 12 years
Michael Granger, Fourth/Fifth Grade, Washington Elementary, 2001-2018, 17 years
Susanna Greenwood, Instructional Assistant, Science, Social Sciences and Mathematics, 1999-2017, 18 years

Carroll Haga, Special Education Instructional Assistant, Mesa High, 1996-2018, 22 years
Karalee Hagen, Music, Franklin East, 1994-2018, 24 years
Patricia A. Hall, Secretary to Principal, Madison Elementary, 1999-2018, 19 years
Richard Hamilton, Driver Education/Physical Education, Red Mountain High, 1994-2018, 24 years
Susan Harnage, Second Grade, Robson Elementary, 1985-2017, 32 years
Jon Harrison, Security Specialist, Safety and Security, 2006-2017, 11 years
Robin Hatch, Facility Assistant, Franklin at Brimhall Elementary, 2003-2017, 14 years
Caroline Helton, Preschool, Salk Elementary, 1996-2018, 22 years
Raymond Henderson, Custodian, Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies, 2012-2018, 6 years
Susan Hendrix, Kindergarten, Pomeroy Elementary, 2006-2018, 12 years
Alicia Hernandez, Preschool Instructional Assistant, Red Mountain High, 1997-2018, 21 years
Gloria Hernandez, SEI Technician, Webster Elementary, 1999-2018, 19 years
Patricia Hickey, Science, Carson Junior High, 1995-2018, 23 years
David Hink, Music, Music Education, 1988-2018, 30 years
John Hoeren, Bus Driver, Transportation, 2011-2017, 6 years
Virginia Hughes, Title I School Improvement Specialist, Mendoza Elementary, 1988-2018, 30 years
Susan Humston, Financial Trainer/Liaison, Food and Nutrition, 1986-2018, 32 years
Sherry Hussein, Health Assistant, Salk Elementary, 2006-2018, 12 years
Janel Huyett, Music, Wilson Elementary, 1989-2018, 29 years

John Jung at 2018 district retirement party

Jean Igleski, Preschool Program Manager, Mesa High, 2012-2018, 6 years

Charles Jones, Seventh/Eighth Grade, Crossroads, 2014-2018, 4 years
Gary Joplin, Bus Driver, Transportation, 2009-2017, 8 years
John Jung, Science, Mesa High, 1989-2018, 29 years (pictured, right)

Donna Kennett, Health Assistant, Skyline High, 2000-2018, 18 years
Jeffrey Kirk, Bus Driver, Transportation, 2010-2017, 7 years
Deniece Knoblock, SLD, Falcon Hill Elementary, 1995-2018, 23 years
Donna Koch, Secretary to Assistant Principal, Dobson High, 1995-2018, 23 years
Diane Kramer, Bus Aide, Transportation, 2013-2018, 5 years
Eileen Kruer, Third Grade, Irving Elementary, 2000-2018, 18 years
Marlene Kuhns, Bus Driver, Transportation, 1991-2018, 27 years

Douglas Larish, Physical Education, Mesa High, 1993-2017, 24 years
Susan Larsen, CTE Paraprofessional, Westwood High, 1993-2018, 25 years
Peggy LaShier, Instructional Specialist, Career & Technical Education, 2008-2018, 10 years
Kenneth Lewis, MIID, Skyline High, 2016-2018, 2 years
Jim Little, EdTech Trainer, Educational Technology, 1985-2018, 33 years
Kathleen Livingston, Instructional Assistant/Resource Center Aide, Hale Elementary, 2001-2017, 16 years
Charles Loney, Instructional Specialist, Career & Technical Education, 2000-2018, 18 years

Michael Madril, Science/Physical Education, Mesa High, 1988-2018, 30 years
Pam Mahoney, Executive Secretary to Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services, 2010-2018, 8 years
Arthur Martinez, Bus Runner, Vehicle Maintenance, 2004-2018, 14 years
Pamela Maupin, SLD, Smith Junior High, 1981-2018, 37 years
Cheryl McCaw, Content Specialist, Science, Social Sciences and Mathematics, 1985-2018, 33 years
Lisa McIntire, SLP, Crismon Elementary, 1987-2018, 31 years
Mildred McKay, Bus Aide, Transportation, 1996-2018, 22 years
Socorro Mendoza, Instructional Assistant/Crossing Guard, Porter Elementary, 2004-2018, 14 years
Pamela Meredith, Math, Red Mountain High, 1988-2018, 30 years
Javorka Micic, Bus Aide, Transportation, 2015-2018, 3 years
Paul Moberg, Custodian, Franklin East Elementary, 2016-2017, 1 year
Karry Moe, Senior Records Clerk, ELAD, 1994-2018, 24 years
Paula Morelli, Reading Intervention, Taylor Junior High, 1984-2018, 34 years
Karen Mountford, Resource Center Specialist, Edison Elementary, 1999-2018, 19 years

Cynthia Nagel, Fourth/Fifth Grade, Madison Elementary, 1988-2018, 30 years
Cinda L. Nation, Special Education Instructional Assistant, Roosevelt Elementary, 1999-2018, 18 years
Vicki Neibaur, Bus Driver, Transportation, 1992-2018, 26 years
Elizabeth Nellsch, Psychologist, Summit Academy, 2001-2018, 17 years
Scott B. Nelson, Ph.D., Psychologist, Rhodes Junior High, 1984-2018, 34 years
Vernon Newton, JROTC Air Force, Mesa High, 2007-2018, 11 years
Jodi Nicholas, Sixth Grade, O'Connor Elementary, 1995-2018, 23 years
Bonnie E. Nieman, ELD Itinerant, Irving Elementary, 1994-2018, 22 years

Annette Palmquist at 2018 district retirement reception

Marla Olson, Instructional Aide Title/Clerical Aide, Irving Elementary, 2002-2018, 16 years
Rosa Orozco Brownfield, SEI Technician, Adams Elementary, 2003-2017, 14 years
Gloria Ottens, Secretary to Principal, Robson Elementary, 1992-2018, 25 years

Ross Pagel, Science, Red Mountain High, 1988-2018, 30 years
Sharon Paley, Sixth Grade, Johnson Elementary, 1988-2018, 30 years
Annette Palmquist, Account Clerk, Payroll, 1993-2018, 25 years (pictured, left)
Maria Antonieta Parr, Adult Education, Community Education, 1998-2017, 19 years
Robert Pearce, Painter J, Maintenance, 1986-2017, 31 years
Debra Pearce, Budget Technician, Title I, 1975-2018, 43 years
Robin Pettinato, Title I School Improvement Specialist, Bush Elementary, 1988-2018, 30 years
Mona Pitchford, Bus Driver, Transportation, 2006-2018, 12 years
Michelle Pond, Resource Center Specialist, Salk Elementary, 1992-2018, 26 years

Michael Rague, Fourth Grade, Bush Elementary, 1991-2018, 27 years
LeLon Reed, HVAC Technician, Maintenance, 1988-2018, 30 years (pictured, top)
Shelly Riccolo, Content Specialist, Teaching & Learning Support, 2000-2018, 18 years
Lee-Ann Ritola, Nurse, Health Services, 2011-2018, 7 years
Cynthia E. Robert, ED, Rhodes Junior High, 2004-2018, 15 years
Robin Robertson, Second Grade, Johnson Elementary, 1993-2018, 25 years
Susie Robinson, Bus Driver, Transportation, 2013-2018, 5 years
Cruz Robles Jr., Security Monitor, Westwood High, 1991-2018, 2 years
Colleen Root, Second/Third Grade, Wilson Elementary, 2005-2018, 13 years
Sandra Rosenbaum, Sixth Grade, Irving Elementary, 1986-2018, 32 years
Bette Ruane, Special Education Instructional Assistant, Washington Elementary, 1990-2018, 28 years
Marcy Ruggiero, Resource Center Specialist, Skyline High, 1996-2018, 22 years

Daniel Sapien, Math, Carson Junior High, 1995-2018, 23 years
Tracy Saxen, Sixth Grade, Red Mountain Ranch Elementary, 1992-2018, 14 years
Donna Scharpen, Fifth Grade, Edison Elementary, 1999-2017, 18 years
Debra Schaub, Third Grade, Hale Elementary, 2008-2018, 10 years
Marilou Schultz, Math, Kino Junior High, 1990-2018, 28 years
Laurien Schuneman, Third Grade, Hughes Elementary, 2017-2018, 1 year
Brian Shaffer, JROTC Air Force, Westwood High, 2008-2018, 10 years
Judy Shanker, Content Specialist, Special Education, 1987-2018, 31 years
Peggy Shapiro, HI, Special Education, 1987-2017, 30 years
George Shiel, Electronic Technician J, Maintenance, 1999-2018, 19 years
Darlene Shumway, Principal, Roosevelt Elementary, 1983-2018, 35 years
Joseph Sieczkowski, Supervisor, Matériel Distribution Center, 1987-2018, 31 years
Henry Silberblatt, Science, Poston Junior High, 2007-2018, 11 years
Veronica Simmonds-Dailey, Psychologist, Taylor Junior High, 1995-2018, 22 years
Sheila Simpson, Fourth Grade, Emerson Elementary, 1990-2018, 28 years
Patty Smith, Preschool Evaluator, Red Mountain Center for Early Education, 2000-2018, 18 years
Ladd Stewart at 2018 district retirement receptionXanna Smith, Spanish, Dobson High, 2005-2018, 13 years
Janet Sowder, Health Assistant, Stevenson Elementary, 1988-2018, 30 years
Beth Sparks, Math, Franklin Junior High, 2002-2018, 16 years
Sandra Spielberg, Bus Driver, Transportation, 2011-2017, 6 years
Theresa Starkey, Third Grade, Entz Elementary, 2003-2018, 15 years
Ladd Stewart, Parent University Specialist, Title I, 1992-2018, 26 years (pictured, right)
James L. Stiffler Jr., Facility Assistant, Jefferson Elementary, 2008-2018, 10 years
Mary Beth Suncire, Social Studies, Rhodes Junior High, 1998-2018, 20 years

Ramona Tener, General Clerk, Fremont Junior High, 2001-2018, 17 years
Sandra Toovey, Fourth/Fifth Grade, Adams Elementary, 2016-2018, 2 years
Chris Toperzer, Executive Secretary to Associate Superintendent, Educational Services, 1995-2018, 23 years
Richard Torres, Facility Assistant Area Support, Custodial, 2005-2017, 12 years
Deborah Tortorello, Sixth Grade, Taft Elementary, 1998-2018, 20 years
Randall Trad, HVAC Specialist, Maintenance, 1997-2018, 21 years
Connie Turley, Music, Mesa High, 1998-2018, 20 years

Marilyn Uhl, Third Grade, Whittier Elementary, 1990-2018, 28 years
Peggy Underwood, Resource Center Specialist, Madison Elementary, 1995-2017, 22 years

Barbara Vance, Fourth-Sixth Grade, Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies, 1999-2018, 19 years
Alicia Veitel, Fifth Grade, Wilson Elementary, 1987-2018, 31 years
Elizabeth Viator, English, Dobson High, 1987-2018, 31 years
Debra Viau, Central Kitchen Field Supervisor, Franklin at Brimhall Elementary, 1990-2018, 28 years

Douglas Walters, Sixth Grade, Las Sendas Elementary, 1988-2018, 30 years
Sandra Ward, SLD, Dobson High, 2008-2018, 10 years
Audrey Warren, General Clerk, Mountain View High, 2001-2018, 16 years
Lester Weaver, Warehouse Worker, Matériel Distribution Center, 2005-2018, 13 years
William Webster, Science, Mountain View High, 1991-2018, 27 years
Renae Wellman, Math, Rhodes Junior High, 1988-2018, 30 years
Ellen Wesser, Fifth Grade, Hale Elementary, 2008-2018, 10 years
Gregory Williams, Lead Custodian, Keller Elementary, 2009-2018, 9 years
Virginia Wilson, Child Nutrition Elementary Manager, Adams Elementary, 2008-2018, 10 years

Henry Yniguez, Elementary Physical Education, Hale/Lincoln Elementary, 1988-2018, 30 years

Princess Zavala, Music, Music Education, 1991-2018, 27 years
Joseph Zimmerman, PSD, Keller Elementary, 1991-2018, 27 years

Includes announced retirees through May 11, 2018.

 

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