Saturday, May 29, 2010
Kathy Neilsen Retires After Long Career as Teacher and Library Assistant
Link to May 28 Baraboo News-Republic article, "Booking retirement: Library assistant, Neilsen, turning the page after long career".
Excerpt: Neilsen's teaching career began 46 years ago, though, in a one-room schoolhouse in Melrose, Wis.
There, she taught students in grades one through six, as well as serving lunch, cleaning the classroom, and supervising every single recess - duties she hasn't missed in the years since. She also taught fourth through sixth grade for a year in Adams County, and taught sixth grade at a school in Marshfield.
Once she moved to Baraboo, her decision to become a library assistant, after one year as an educational assistant at South School, was prompted by her love of books.
"One of my favorite things is watching them get excited about books and reading," she said. "I love reading to them.
"You look at them and their eyes are just glued."