Diane Strobel, Stevens County Early Childhood Initiative Coordinator. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

With the end of another school year comes another batch of retiring staff and faculty at the Morris Area Schools. Three staffers got to be honored at Monday’s meeting of the Morris School Board. Diane Strobel started at Morris Area in 1988 in the pre-K program and as a family educator.

“I love that I now have kids of the kids that I taught in pre-K, which I don’t know if that should make me feel happy or old!” Strobel laughed.

For the last few years, Strobel has served as coordinator of the Stevens County Early Childhood Initiative.

Kyle Berget started teaching full time in 1990 in the elementary grades and has also done some coaching over the years.

“Looking back 30 years, it went pretty quick,” he said. “You just blink and it’s gone. I just enjoy. I’m going to miss the kids and I’m going to miss the staff and working with everybody. It’s going to be a whole new world, so we’ll see how it goes.”

And Lisa Lorenz is a paraeducator who started in 1988 and has worked as a reading interventionist.

“I’m going to miss it. I’m going to miss my kids,” said Lorenz. “We’ve planned on this for a long time. I remember when I started the countdown, the days were in the thousands. It’s getting there. We’re excited.”

Morris Area Elementary School teacher Kyle Berget.

Also recognized was Elaine Young, who has run the school’s snack program since 2009.


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