MCS retirees honored

Publish Date: 05/28/2014

Retirees were honored at the School Board meeting on May 28, 2014.
Marion Community Schools would like to thank the following employees for their years of service to the school system, and congratulate them on their retirements:
  • Linda Davis,  28 years: Justice Intermediate School instructional educational assistant. Linda began her career as an educational assistant with MCS at Lincoln Elementary School. She then worked as a substitute EA at Riverview Elementary School, and worked at Justice Intermediate School from November 2010 until she retired in June 2013. Linda has been described as flexible, helpful, and patient. Linda graduated from Misssissinewa High School
  • Cindy Edwards, 40 years: Justice Intermediate School TAP master teacher. Cindy started her career at Allen Elementary School, teaching second grade for 22 years. She moved to Justice Middle school in 1995 to teach fifth grade. Cindy has also served as a sixth and seventh grade teacher and as an alternative school teacher. She has also taught summer school classes, provided tutoring and worked on a children’s program for Allen Elementary School that had an audience attendance of 1,394. Cindy has also helped with school carnivals, field trips, and read-ins, and has served as a substitute principal and as an MTA representative. She also has coached sixth grade volleyball. Cindy graduated from Marion College (now Indiana Wesleyan University) and Ball State University.
  • Laurie Gates, 38.5: Justice Intermediate School art teacher. Laurie spent her entire career with MCS as an art teacher at Justice when it was a junior high, a middle school, and an intermediate school. This means she would have taught grades five through nine. She sponsored a Clay Club at the intermediate school. It's been noted she is very organized and plans ahead, and she worked hard to ensure her students were successful by using a wide variety of teaching techniques.
  • Linda Grenier, 30 years: Kendall Elementary School kindergarten teacher. Linda started teaching at Frances Slocum Elementary School. She taught kindergarten for all but one year of her teaching career with MCS. Linda also taught summer school, served as an after school tutor, wrote curriculum, and planned and helped with many, many school carnivals. Linda received her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University and her master’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University.
  • Linda Hillsamer, 40 years: Marion High School special education life skills teacher. Linda began her career at Highland School. She also taught at Roosevelt Elementary School and McCulloch Junior High School, and has been at Marion High School for the last 31 years. Linda is a Ball State University graduate.
  • M. Sue Kreps, 18 years: Transportation Department bus aide. Sue first worked for MCS as a kitchen assistant at Lincoln Elementary School and Justice Middle School. She moved to the Transportation Department in 1996 to work as a bus aide. She is positive, dependable, cooperative and kind. She graduated from a high school in Alabama.
  • Virginia Lake, 45 years: McCulloch Junior High School social studies teacher. Ginny began her career with MCS at Lincoln Elementary School, where she taught 14 years before moving to McCulloch Junior High School. She has taught grades three, four, five, six, seven and eight. Ginny served as a TAP master teacher and also taught Excel language arts classes.  She has written curriculum, has written a Lilly grant proposal, and has participated in the National Middle School Recognition Project. Ginny earned her bachelor’s degree from Marion College (now IWU) and her master’s degree from Ball State University.
  • Lori Longenecker-Babb, 35.5 years: McCulloch Junior High School science teacher. Lori served as a science teacher at Justice Middle School for 32 years until the reconfiguration to fifth/sixth grades and seventh/eighth grade buildings. Lori taught at McCulloch Junior High School for the remainder of her career. She served as a Student Government sponsor, track coach, yearbook sponsor, and volleyball coach. Lori earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ball State University.
  • Pat Lucas, 26 years: speech. Pat began work with MCS as an educational assistant. She then served as a speech and hearing teacher at Allen, Frances Slocum, and Riverview elementary schools, along with Jones Middle School, Tucker Career and Technology Center and the MCS Early Childhood Center. Pat served schools in Virginia, Georgia and Ohio before joining the MCS faculty. She taught preschool speech /language enrichment and Fast ForWord during summer school. Pat earned her bachelor’s degree at Bowling Green University and her master’s degree at Michigan State University. 
  • Ed Luney, 33 years: Justice Intermediate School music teacher. Ed began his tenure at MCS teaching music in elementary schools. He taught band, orchestra, vocal and general music at the corporation’s middle and junior high schools. Ed earned his bachelor’s degree at Kentucky State University and his master’s degree at Ball State University.
  • Ron Oldfield, 27.5 years: lead custodian at Riverview Elementary School.
  • Marcy Reto, 15 years: Kendall Elementary School, TAP master teacher. Marcy taught at Kendall Elementary School for 14 of the 15 years she has been with MCS. She taught third, fourth, and fifth grades, and she served as a TAP master teacher for three years. She also has served as an after school tutor. Marcy graduated from Ohio State University.
  • Gloria Rinehart, 20 years: Transportation Department bus driver. 
  • Deb Russell, 36 years: Kendall Elementary School, speech. Deb began her career with MCS at Riverview Elementary School. Over the years she has served students at Marion High School and Riverview, Frances Slocum, Southeast, Center and Kendall elementary schools. It has been noted that Deb strives to make student’s feel good about themselves. She is patient and calm with students. Deb earned an associate’s degree at Vincennes University and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Indiana State University
  • Hope Schuler, 29 years: – Business Office / Food Service secretary. Hope began employment with MCS as an educational assistant and dining room monitor at Southeast Elementary School. After resigning to complete secretarial training, Hope returned to MCS as an educational assistant at Center Elementary School. In 1992 Hope moved to the Education Service Center to work as a secretary for the Food Service and Business departments. Hope graduated from Marion High School and Indiana Business College.
  • Sue Sonnefield, 40 years: McCulloch Junior High School physical education teacher/TAP mentor teacher. Sue first taught at McCulloch, then moved to Jones Middle School for 25 years. Sue returned to McCulloch in the 2003-04 school year. She has taught summer school classes, taught as a remediation tutor, served as a TAP mentor teacher, and has coached track and volleyball. Sue graduated from Ball State University.
  • Sherry Stinger Baker, 31 years: Justice Intermediate School special education teacher. Sherry began work with MCS as a substitute teacher. Her first contracted position was at Marion High School. Sherry then transferred to Center Elementary School, where she taught for 22 years. When Center closed in 2006, Sherry moved to Frances Slocum Elementary School for two years. The last six years she has taught special education at Justice Intermediate School. Sherry received her bachelor’s degree from Marion College (now IWU) and her master’s degree from Ball State University.
  • Steve Stuckey, 41 years: McCulloch Junior High School math teacher. Steve taught math at Jones Junior High School for 32 years before the school closed in 2003. He moved to Justice Middle School for the next seven years, and he conculded his teaching career at McCulloch Junior High School. In addition to teaching math, Steve has served Marion Community Schools as a TAP master teacher. Steve earned his bachelor’s degree from Miami of Ohio University and his master’s from Ball State University. 
  • Janice Turner,  36.5 years: Transportation Department special needs bus driver. It has been noted that Janice handled difficult routes and students with a positive attitude. She has been described as dependable, always willing to help out and a joy. Janice graduated from Sweetser High School.
  • Anita Wilson, 36 years: Marion High School. Anita spent three years at Jones Middle School teaching special education classes for grades seven through nine and 26 years at Justice Middle School. The last seven years she has been at Marion High School. She graduated from Ball State University.