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June 7, 2013

Pleasantville Schools losing decades of experience

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Pleasantville has been a wonderful place to live and raise a family. I would like to thank the Pleasantville Community School District and Superintendent Harold Isley who 35 years ago offered me my first teaching contract. It has been a wonderful experience and a very rewarding career. I would also like to thank the many teachers, staff, students, and community members throughout the years that I have had the opportunity to meet and work with.

LOIS TURNAGE

“I grew up in Michigan, graduating from Galesburg-Augusta High School in 1973, and then went to Michigan State University (Go Spartans!), where I majored in Music Education and was in the Spartan Marching Band for four years. I graduated from Michigan State in 1977 and took a graduate assistantship in the Music Department at Central Missouri State University (now called the University of Central Missouri) in Warrensburg. While there I also taught in the Blue Springs School District, where I conducted the orchestra and taught beginning strings. I also met my husband John at CMSU, and in 1979 I graduated with my Masters Degree in Music…and also got married!

I began teaching in Iowa with the Norwalk School District in the fall of 1979, where I taught Sixth Grade Band, assisted with High School Band, and started the Norwalk Dance Team. I was at Norwalk from 1979-1982, and then took the position of Elementary Music 2-5 and Elementary Band 5-6 at Pleasantville, which was exciting for me because I was able to ‘team-teach’ the Band program with my husband John (35 years as Pleasantville Junior-Senior High Band teacher, retired in 2012). I started my teaching at East Elementary with the upper Elementary grades, then drove across town to North Elementary, where I pushed my electric piano on a cart from room to room because there wasn’t a Music Room. I also started the Pleasantville High School Dance Team in 1982 (although I had done some work with the PHS Dance Team before I “officially” began teaching here!) In 1993 we moved into the Elementary building we currently have, and I loved having a BIG music room with lots of space.

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