Spanish, elementary teachers leaving local school system
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
Chase County Schools Spanish teacher Beth Larson resigned effective the end of the school year. She and husband Larry will be moving to Taos, New Mexico, where they purchased a home several years ago.
Larson first taught Spanish part-time and sponsored cheerleading at CCS from 1982-85.
She then was hired in 2004 to teach Spanish. While working on her teaching degree, she had a transitional teaching certificate until she received her initial teaching certificate in January 2007 in foreign languages grades 7-12.
Larson has also been a class advisor.
The Spanish teaching position has been filled by Mercedes Hauxwell of Imperial.
Also resigning was Connie Thompson.
Prior to moving to Imperial with husband Dan, she taught fourth grade at Heritage School in Lincoln.
Thompson taught English Language Learners (ELL) at CCS from 2000-2008, with five years at the elementary level and three years at the high school level.
She then taught kindergarten from 2008-2012. From 2011-13 she was also a reading coach.
Thompson took a sabbatical for the 2013-14 school year, during which she “was able to pursue other interests. This has led to my decision not to return” to CCS, she said in a letter of resignation.
Sandy Silvester, a 28-year teacher, is retiring from CCS at the end of the school year. She wants to spend more time with her children and grandchildren, her letter of resignation said.
Silvester taught the gifted program at CCS from 1985-98. She then taught seventh and eighth grade reading and English from 1998-2004, followed by third grade from 2004-05.
Besides being a reading coach from 2011 to the present, Silvester taught fifth grade from 2005 to the present.
Husband Kent retired from his position as custodian in the school system several years ago.
Stephanie Malcolm of Wood River has been hired to take the fifth grade teaching position.