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As the Year Comes to an End, Many Fhn Teachers Are Retiring

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Credit to Alexis Rowland

Some longtime teachers will not be coming over to the new building. Jon Travis has taught at North for the past 25 years and he has taught a multitude of classes such as physical science and AP seminar and research. After being in the building for so long, he has made connections with many students.

“I really love the daily interactions we have with the students,” Travis said.

After retirement, Travis plans on traveling, subbing, working on his home and catching up on well-deserved sleep.

Business teacher Mim Eaton has been teaching for 23 years, and has taught every class in the business department, including personal finance and marketing. She was also the DECA and FBLA sponsor. She plans on going to the Isle of Man to watch competitive motorcycle racing after she retires.

Emily West has been in education for 25 years, and has taught biology, environmental science and health. She also works as a special education teacher. After she retires, she plans on volunteering at the animal shelters at Longmeadow Ranch.

“I really love seeing former students out and about, it’s nice to see people I taught a decade ago at Walmart with their kid,” West said.

Brian Stemmermann has been the FHN shop teacher since 2003. He has taught nearly all of the industrial technology and engineering courses at one point in his career. After his retirement, he plans on playing in an adult ice-hockey league, traveling and doing construction work on the side.

“It has been absolutely amazing here. I love teaching woodworking,” Stemmermann said.

Special education teacher Erica Gittemeier has been at North for 27 years. She has taught nearly every subject at one point or another, and wants to spend her retirement subbing and spending time with her family.

“I really love seeing kids getting ready to graduate and feeling proud about what they have done,” Gittemeier said.

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