The Duneland School
Corporation honored retiring teachers and support staff this past Wednesday
at a special reception celebration at the Duneland Administration Center.
teachers and support staff will have a combined total of 333 years of
service at the end of this school year. The following retirees honored were:
Pamela Adamik, art teacher at Yost Elementary; Joseph Bennett, sixth grade
teacher at Westchester Intermediate School; Greg Burns, head custodian at
Yost Elementary; Linda Curry, social studies teacher at Chesterton High
School; Linda Didelot, math teacher at Chesterton Middle School; Bonnie
Dooley, bus driver; Gloria Guerrero, DSC home advisor; Sandra Hutson, bus
driver; Carol Leady, grounds/maintenance; Delene McGowan, CHS secretary;
Deborah Pope, fourth grade teacher at Jackson Elementary; Sue Rippe, nurse
at Liberty Intermediate; Mimi Schumacher, first grade teacher at Brummitt
Elementary and Stephanie Strawbridge, second grade teacher at Bailly
received her undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont in 1978.
She started her career in Menomonee Falls, WI as a middle school art
teacher. She went on to teach at Edison Jr.-Sr. High in Lake Station and
also New Prairie Jr. High. She joined Duneland in 1996 for one semester then
joined us full time in 1998. She also teaching at Brummitt, Liberty Elem.,
and Bailly and finished at Yost from 1999 until present.
Joseph Bennett has
been with Duneland for 28 years. He has 13 previous years with other school
systems. Joe attended Purdue University where he received his graduate
degree in education administration. He first taught at both the elementary
and middle school level in Dyer, Portage and Valparaiso. In 1982, he became
a principal in Union Twp. Joe joined Duneland in 1987 as principal at
Brummitt Elem. In 1994, Joe decided he went back to classroom teaching at
WIS until present.
Greg Burns Greg has
worked for the Duneland Schools for 30 years. In 1984, he began working at
Brummitt as a night custodian and transferred to Grounds in 1990. In 2003 he
left Duneland, but returned to Grounds in 2005. He was transferred to Yost
Elementary as head custodian in 2013 until present.
received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University Northwest. She
began her teaching career at the Duneland School Corporation as a Chesterton
High School Social Studies teacher. She has been at CHS for 21 years.
received her undergraduate degree from Ball State University and her
graduate degree from Purdue University. Linda initially worked for the
Duneland Schools as a substitute teacher. She was hired as a teacher at
Liberty Middle School in 1992. After nine years, she moved to Chesterton
Middle School to teach Math.
Bonnie Dooley was a
substitute bus driver for Duneland School Corporation for two years before
being awarded a contract bus driver position in 1992. Bonnie spent the next
23 years driving Special Needs routes. There is a clichˇ that says, “It
takes a special person to drive a special needs route,” and Bonnie is
definitely one of those “special” people. Bonnie has had an excellent
performance and attendance record with Duneland Schools and has repeatedly
volunteered over the years for "Rebuilding Together-Duneland.”
Gloria has worked for the Duneland Schools for 24 years. Gloria received her
Bachelors in Sociology and her Masters in Social Work from Indiana
University Northwest. She began her career at Duneland Schools as the
Coordinator for the Student-At-Risk Program. In 1995, she became the
District Director of Attendance where she remained for nine years before
becoming the District Director of the Positive Life Program. Since 2010, she
has served the Duneland Schools as a Home School Advisor. Throughout her
time at Duneland, she said that she had the opportunity and privilege of
working with many wonderful individuals.
Sandra “Sam” Hutson
has worked for Duneland School Corporation for 20.5 years. She was first
employed as a bus driver from 1985-1990. She then left Duneland to help her
husband full time with their surveying business. In 1999, she returned as a
contracted bus driver and remained in that position until December 2014 when
she retired. For the last 13 plus years she has been assigned a bus route
based out of Brummitt Elementary School. Sam took pride in knowing each and
every child that she transported and always referred to them as "My Kids."
Carol Leady Carol
has worked for the Duneland Schools for 24 years. She began her career at
Duneland as a custodian at Brummitt in 1990. In 1997, she joined the
Grounds/Maintenance crew until she retired in December of 2014.
Del McGowan has
worked for the Duneland Schools for 20 years. She began her career at
Duneland in 1995 as a secretary in the Chesterton High School Library Media
Center. In 1996 she transferred to the Assistant Principals’ Office at CHS.
Del plans to travel and live in the Southwest during the winter months.
received her undergraduate degree from Ball State. She went on to receive
her graduate degree from Valparaiso University. Her first teaching
experience began here with Duneland. She taught Communications at Liberty
Middle School and then moved to Jackson and has taught 3rd, 4th and 5th
grade. She has been with Duneland for 41 years.
Sue Rippe has
worked for Duneland Schools for 12 years as a nurse. After becoming an EMT,
Sue went to Ivy Tech and received her LPN degree and worked in the private
practice sector with clinics for over 25 years. She started working for
Duneland in 2003 as a nurse at CHS. After four years, she transitioned to
serve at both LES and LIS for one year. Her last eight years have been spent
exclusively at LIS. She says that she will truly miss the kiddos!
received her undergraduate degree from Indiana State and her graduate degree
from Indiana Wesleyan. For several years after graduation, she substituted
at various Porter County schools before coming to Duneland Schools to teach
at Brummitt Elementary. She taught third grade her very first year and then
moved to first grade to teach for the remainder of her career.
Strawbridge received both her undergraduate and graduate degree from Western
Michigan University. Stephanie taught 17 years before coming to Duneland
Schools. She taught first and second grade, did computer instruction and
then was the gifted/talented teacher coordinator. Stephanie joined the
Duneland Schools working as a substitute teacher and a Prime Time aide. In
1993, she began teaching fourth grade at Bailly Elementary. She also taught
fifth grade for one year and then moved to second grade.