District honors retirees
Seven employees are retiring from Andover Public Schools this year. The district honored them for their service at a reception on May 7. Retirees include: Troy Brown, custodian, Andover Central High School; Julie Henderson, special education teacher, Andover Middle School; Pat Moore, physical education and weights teacher and athletic trainer, Andover High School; Tom Ostrander, assistant superintendent - HR, District Office; Karen Terry, library media specialist, Andover Middle School; Russell Thiel, science teacher, Andover High School; and Reba Hood, food service, Prairie Creek Elementary School.
Pat Moore teaches physical education, weights, and serves as an athletic trainer in the PE Department at Andover High School. He has worked here since 1986. He is a member of the National Strength Coaches Association, the National Athletic Trainers Association and East Point Church of Christ. He served in the U.S. Army from 1972-76, and while he enlisted, he worked his way up to sergeant. He has been awarded two Golden Apple awards by the district and was the first athletic trainer in the district. His family includes Theresa, John and Taylor, and he enjoys fly fishing. While at Andover Public Schools he helped with the process of the new weight room, old weight room and training room. He said he’ll miss the support, the people, the parents and the kids. His plans for retirement include doing a lot of fishing in the mountains and working around the house.
Karen Terry, librarian/media specialist at Andover Middle School, has been with the district 10 years. She is a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and the Kansas School Librarians Association. In 2006 she was awarded the Golden Apple in the Board of Education Outstanding Service Awards. She and her husband, Pat, have two sons, Ryan and Evan. She said she has loved working at AMS with exceptional teachers, staff and administrators, and lots of good kids who like to read. She said she will miss the people who have become like a family to her. Her hobbies include reading, camping and going to the Y.
Her favorite quote is: “My test of a good novel is dreading to begin the last chapter.” -- Thomas Helm
Reba Hood has served 18 years in our district, most recently as a cashier and cook at Prairie Creek Elementary School. She and her husband of 48 years have three daughters.
She enjoys crocheting, reading and sewing, and said while at the district she met lots and lots of really sweet children. She said she was so blessed to work with really great people and felt that everyone is so very nice. Her plans for retirement include getting a lot more crochet work done.
“For all of the 18 years I’ve worked in the district I met a lot of people and children. And they were all so very nice. It was fun to watch the children grow and change,” she said. “All of the people I worked with are each and every one super people. No one could ask for nicer people than all of you have been. Thank you to all of you.”
Julie Henderson is a speech-language pathologist who works at both middle schools and both high schools in Andover. She has worked here for 26 years. In addition to her work at the school, Julie is active in her local church and in the Gideon Auxiliary. Her husband, Bob, just retired from Boeing, and their daughter, Amy, who is a teacher, lives in Oklahoma with her husband and three children. Her accomplishments while at Andover Public Schools include helping children to better communicate, whether nonverbally, through clearer speech, or by improving their social skills. Her plans for retirement include a road trip to Alaska this summer, and after, she and her husband look forward to spending time with friends and church family, especially hosting dinner parties in their home.
“Over the years I have also been assigned to Andover Elementary, Andover Intermediate, and Sunflower Elementary, so I have friends all over the district,” she said. “What will I miss most? It’s the people!”
Russell Thiel teaches in the science department at Andover High School. He has been with the district for 12 years, and has been in the classroom for 41. He’s the head of the Science Department at AHS, and for the last several years, he has taught chemistry, Honors Chemistry and AP Chemistry. At the first of his tenure here he also taught some physics. He is a member of the Andover United Methodist Church. He’s a former assistant scout master and a KATS (Kansas Science Teachers) member and a National Science Teachers Association member. He is a Durfus Master Teacher (Chemistry), TRAC teacher (Department of Interior Program), and took part in Fulbright Teacher exchange program. He also took part in Partners in Science Program through Wichita State University and is a Wolfe Family Master Teacher (University of Kansas) (2 years).
His family includes his wife, Rae, who is a math teacher at Wichita Collegiate School, and son Matthew, (wife) Liz, Grandsons Will & Charlie, Granddaughter Betsey, and son Kyle, (Wife) Heather, Granddaughter Olive. His hobbies include gardening, yard work, and woodworking. He said the administration in the building has always been supportive, and there has always been a consistent set of rules that the kids were expected to follow. “I have drawn enlightenment, encouragement, and support from other strong teachers that are in the building and district,” he said. His plans for retirement include volunteer work, work with his brothers “back on the farm,” and finding woodworking projects and home fix-it projects to do.
“I would like to thank the district and Andover High for allowing me to work with your kids,” he said. “It has been a pleasure to come to work every day and work with bright, motivated students. It is a joy to watch these “adults in training” grow and mature and become successful and productive people.”
Troy A. Brown, Sr
Troy A. Brown, Sr, is a custodian at Andover Central High School. He has served with the district for 9 years. He is a member of the American Legion Post 0406 in Andover KS. His family includes wife Linda, son and daughter in law Troy and Renee, granddaughter Lauren, and grandson Cooper. He enjoys working on jigsaw puzzles, and in retirement he hopes to do some traveling, play with the grandkids and continue to bowl.
Tom Ostrander is the Assistant Superintendent – HR in the Andover Public Schools District Office. He has worked in the district for a total of 11 years – four as Andover High School Principal, and seven as Assistant Superintendent. He has served 34 years in education. His memberships include: Central Christian Church (deacon), United Way (Allocations Committee), Lions Club (Past President), Kansas Association of School Administrators (Past President), United School Administrators (Past Board Member – Secretary), South Central Kansas Educational Service Center (Past President), Council of Superintendents (Past Chair). His family includes wife Marcie and sons Steve (Cindy) of Columbus, Ohio, and Matt (fiancé Tina) of Wichita, as well as granddaughters Hadley Ostrander and Hannah Scheuermann. His hobbies include golf, reading, following Wichita State University volleyball. His accomplishments while at Andover Public Schools:
As AHS Principal - seeing the 9 through 12 student population grow from 580 students to 900+, and being part of the decision to go from one high school to two.
As Assistant Superintendent - Being a part of making the HR and Substitute functions become more efficient and productive.
He said he loves being around people who care about kids and knows they are making a difference. He said he will miss the daily "unknowns" - never knowing where the next phone call or walk-in visitor may take him. He also said he will miss visiting with college seniors at the College Career Fairs.
Regarding his plans for retirement, he says “I’m still trying to figure that out - my wife says I am not staying home. I hope to improve my golf game and definitely spend more time with grandchildren!”
A quote that he likes: “What is important is not what life has given me but rather what have I given to this life.”