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Workman retiring at end of year

Workman retiring at end of year

(Thursday, April 21, 2016)

Article and Photos by Ella Baird, eighth-grade journalism student

In addition to the retirement of High School Science Teacher Jerry Bollig, the district is also saying goodbye to another veteran instructor.

After 31 years of teaching, 18 of those at Silver Lake, Dian Workman, grade school P.E. teacher, has decided to retire.

She said her last year of teaching has gone by quickly.

"My last year was kind of sad, but happy at the same time. I love teaching kids, but I feel like it's my time to be done," Workman said.

Workman explained her final day as a P.E. teacher.

"We are going to have the best field day ever, and I am going to take lots of selfies with kids and teachers," Workman said.

Workman has coached for 30 years. She said that she loves to see kids excel in sports.

"I taught hundreds of kids how to rollerskate, and I think that is pretty rewarding," Workman said.

She said her advice that she would give to her replacement is to talk fast and get the kids going because they love to participate.

Johnathan Roberts has been hired as Workman’s replacement. Roberts comes from Stout Elementary School, where he has been since 2012.

Her plans after retirement are refereeing volleyball and traveling.

She said she is going to miss the kids most because they make her laugh, but she said there are positives to retiring.

"Getting up early is what I am going to miss the least. I get to sleep in," Workman said.

Elementary Principal Ronda Pegram said she is going to miss how Workman provided students with a wide range of activites. Pegram said Workman held high expectations for students and pushed them to excel.

In addition to teaching P.E., Workman has also been the eighth-grade volleyball head coach for 17 years. Coaching alongside Workman for the past 12 years has been Cindy Hamilton, seventh-grade volleyball head coach. Hamilton is also leaving Silver Lake at the end of this year. Workman said she and Hamilton both led their teams to league championships this year, which was a great ending.

Shannon Vanderbilt, sixth-grade teacher, has been hired as the new junior high volleyball coach, and Jenna Johnson, fifth-grade teacher, has been hired as the new assistant.

(See Jerry Bollig’s retirement article @ http://www.silverlakeschools.org/213705_3)

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