By Laura Giammattei
GLENWOOD CITY — Three staff members at Glenwood School District will be bidding farewell at the end of the 2015-2016 school year.
Cindy Krafve, Mary Logterman and Barb Rasmussen are among this year’s retirees.
Krafve served at Glenwood City School for 24 years. She began in December of 1992 as a Teacher’s Assistant with Judy Otterson and was later hired by Mike Weber and Nancy Dimberio in March of 1993 as a paraeducator.
Prior to working at the school, Krafve had been a farmerette on her and her husband’s dairy farm, where they raised their three daughters.
“I really enjoyed working the fields, watching the crops grow and helping run a business,” Krafve said. “However, there just was not enough people in my life and I knew I needed to have more of a social life.”
Krafve said working at the school offered her a lot of growth as a person and as a parent.
“I loved being with my three daughters as they grew up through the grades,” she said.
In addition, Krafve also enjoyed working with her fellow staff members and her students.
“We have such great kids in this community. As a paraeducator, I got a lot of one on one time with the students and having the ability to help these students achieve academic goals was very thrilling for me,” she said.
“Many of these students are in need of attention and empathy,” Krafve added. “Taking the time to care and show you care makes a big difference in their lives. In special education, relationships are important when encouraging students to achieve the desired academic goals we set for them. Mainstreaming Special Education into the classroom was very challenging, but rewarding as well.”
Krafve recalled special moments with Barb Voeltz in the classroom and on the playground.
“We spent many a cold day out there!” she exclaimed. “Barb and I have had several situations to have to deal with together and it was always a comfort to know that she had my back as well as I having hers.”
Her plans moving forward include spending more time with her six grandchildren and the opportunity to go four-wheeling up north more often. Krafve will also keep herself busy working at a women’s ministry in St. Croix County, where she said she is looking forward to sharing the Lord with others in the community.
“I am so blessed to have been able to work at Glenwood City with such wonderful staff and students. I will always have a place in my heart filled with great memories of many great people. Thank you to everyone who has touched my life here these past 24 years.”
Mary Logterman has worked for the school district of Glenwood City for 22 years. She began her career at the school in 1994 working in the kitchen and developing the Kitchen and Breakfast program.
From 2000-2004, Logterman served as a special education aide and then spent the next 12 years as the librarian aide.
Logterman said her greatest work accomplishments are making a difference in students’ lives.
“Helping the students learn and understand the library and how to use all its resources was very rewarding,” she said. “I loved working with the children and making connections with them.”
Along with the students, Logterman said she will also miss working with a great staff.
“My colleagues are a very dedicated bunch who truly care about the students of Glenwood City.”
Logterman said the biggest change she has seen since working at the school has been the technology developments. Being the librarian aide, it was crucial for her to learn and understand all the technological advancements the school has seen over the course of the last two decades.
Now, she is ready to move onto the next chapter of her life, which includes continuing to work with her husband, Norm, on their beef cow/calf farm and spending more time with her children and eight grandchildren.
Logterman is also looking forward to traveling and exploring more of the country.
After thirty-one years of service at the Glenwood School District, Barb Rasmussen will be retiring at the end of the 2015-2016 school year.
Rasmussen was hired in 1985 and was the first school nurse ever to be hired at the school district.
“On my first day of work here, I had no idea what I should be doing!” she said. “During the past 30 years, I have been a part of making the position what it is today.”
Before working at the school district, Rasmussen worked for the Milwaukee and St. Croix County Health Departments. In addition, she also worked at a nursing home in Milwaukee and the old Menomonie Hospital for a short time.
Rasmussen did not find her niche in the nursing world until she began working for the school.
“For me, it has been the best possible job!” she said. “While the essential role of the school nurse has remained constant, the responsibilities and expectations have changed dramatically over the course of the last 31 years. This is mainly due to the increased number of students with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes and severe allergies. Every day presents new challenges and no two days are ever the same! The best days always begin with the smiling faces of the children.”
Not only do the children brighten her day, Rasmussen said she has been very fortunate to work for such a caring and supportive administration and with wonderful teachers and support staff members.
“I will miss the Glenwood City School District greatly, but I look forward to spending time doing volunteer work for my community, church and school. I will also enjoy the freedom to spend more time with family and friends.”