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June 7, 2013

Pleasantville Schools losing decades of experience

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My teaching assignment has changed a little since 1982, and for several years I have been teaching Pre School Music, Second – Fifth Grade Music, Fifth and Sixth Grade Bands, and Special Ed Music. It has always been fun and exciting to see the growth and progress of the students from year to year, and to welcome them back to Music Class each fall…but as an older student!

We have three children (Mark-Class of 2004, Megan-Class of 2007, and Michelle-Class of 2014) and we have always lived in Pleasantville. I will continue to coach the Pleasantville Dance Team, so I will still be involved with PHS in many ways. I’m looking forward to traveling, doing more judging for dance and music competitions, doing long-distance bike rides with my sister Ann in locations around the country, reading, playing my bassoon more, going to more Chicago Cubs games, and taking on some new and exciting projects! I’m proud to have been an educator for 36 years and a Pleasantville teacher for 31 of those years, and I’d like to wish all of my teaching colleagues the very best.”

CYNDA HILSABECK

“I graduated in 1973 from SouthEast Marshall County High School (SEMCO), now called East Marshall High School in LeGrand. I attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake and graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree. I began teaching in Pleasantville that fall, and have been here for 36 years. I have taught Elementary PE, Chapter 1 Reading and Math, Sixth Grade, Fifth and Sixth Language Arts, Middle School Reading, and am currently a Fifth Grade teacher.

I have coached several sports at Pleasantville over the years, including High School Track and Cross Country; High School Girls Basketball and Softball; Junior High Girls Basketball and Softball.

In my retirement I will enjoy spending more time with my children and grandchildren; visitng my sister and her family in North Carolina; reading, exercising, and bike-riding with Cris Tillinghast (Pleasantville Third Grade Teacher that retired in 2012).”

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