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June 7, 2013

Pleasantville Schools losing decades of experience

Five Pleasantville educators retired at the end of this school year, each with many years of experience. The school district shared these stories of each of this year’s retirees.

DENNIS OLIVER

“I graduated from Chariton High School and I did my undergraduate work at Central College in Pella (B.A.) I earned my Masters of Arts/Educational Psychology at the University of Northern Iowa.

My first teaching job was at Grinnell High School in Grinnell, followed by one year at Montezuma High School. I began my career at Pleasantville in the fall of 1975 and then spent two years teaching at the University of Northern Iowa from 1986-1988. I returned to Pleasantville in the fall of 1988 and have remained here to the present.

I have taught the following classes at Pleasantville: Government, Economics, U.S. History, Global Affairs, Sociology, Psychology, Peer Helpers, World Geography, and all Social Studies in grades 7-8. I’m currently the Student At-Risk Coordinator for the district and the Guided Studies Director.

My extra-curricular assignments have been as follows: Junior High Girls Basketball Coach (6 on 6 and 5 on 5), Varsity Girls Track Coach, Co-Musical Director, Head Play Director and sponsor of the Student Model Legislature.

I plan to explore other professional opportunities in the field of education on the secondary or collegiate level during my retirement.”

SHARON THILL

“I graduated from Charter Oak-Ute High School in 1974. I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Business Education from Wayne State College, Wayne, Neb., in 1978.

I started teaching Business Education at Pleasantville August of 1978. My first seven years included teaching Accounting, Consumer Economics, Business Law, typing (on manual typewriters), and eighth grade typing. When my teaching partner, Connie Dawson, moved on to teach at Southeast Polk during my eighth year I switched to teaching Office Procedures, Shorthand, Advanced Typing, and continued with the eighth grade and ninth grade typing. In addition, I taught Publications and continued for 24 years producing school yearbooks and school newspapers. I also have taught fifth grade computers, and for the past several years have taught sixth, seventh, and eighth grade Technology. These last two years I have also had the pleasure of teaching seniors in Consumer Education, and this last year upperclassmen in Accounting. It has been a great experience and very rewarding to teach seniors once again.

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