Eleven teachers, a school cafeteria manager, school custodian, and administration office personnel, are retiring from Solanco. The longest-serving retiree began teaching in Solanco 36 years ago in 1985, two have been teachers at Solanco for 35 years, while five others have taught in Solanco classrooms for 30 years or more. Between them, the 16 retiring employees represent more than 400 years of service to Solanco students and parents.
CINDY BURKHART – 3rd grade teacher, Providence Elementary School. Burkhart’s nearly 25-year career at Solanco includes teaching 2nd grade at Quarryville Elementary from 1987 to 1993, and 3rd grade at Providence since 2002. “I love seeing students smile when they have learned something new or have mastered a challenging concept.” In retirement, Cindy Burkhart plans to spend time with family, travel, and enjoy the beach in North Carolina.
KATHY CROYLE – 29-year career has included serving as elementary reading specialist and Title 1 lead interventionist at Bart-Colerain and Clermont. “I began my educational path back in 1966 when I entered Bart-Colerain as a brand new kindergarten student. I began working at Solanco in 1992, the year Clermont opened as a new school. It is fitting I end my career in education at Bart-Colerain, the very place I began this incredible journey.” Kathy Croyle has also served as assistant director for the high school musical, “The most memorable was our performance of Titanic – The Musical.”
PAT CURRAN: “I feel blessed to have been able to touch the lives of so many children. I had a career where I always felt I was doing what I was put on this Earth to do.” Pat Curran came to Solanco in 1990 and her career includes teaching 2nd grade for 29 years and 3rd grade for two years at the former Fulton Elementary School and Clermont Elementary School. She is looking forward to spending time at her beach house, traveling, enjoying family and friends, serving her church, and biking and hiking.
MARY PAT KOLLER – Began teaching at Solanco in 1991 and has taught 3rd grade for 24 years and 5th grade for six years at Clermont and Bart-Colerain elementary schools. “A special memory is that I was at the opening of Clermont and also at Clermont’s 25th anniversary as a teacher.” Koller’s plans in retirement include reading, gardening, volunteering for Meals on Wheels, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
SUSAN LINDE – Has taught elementary music, and elementary and middle school string music, at Bart-Colerain, Clermont, Providence and Quarryville elementary schools, and Smith and Swift middle schools. She also taught in the former Fulton and Little Britain elementary schools during her 35-year career. “I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to work with so many amazing students and families.” Susan Linde looks forward to traveling, volunteering, singing, hiking and spending time with her grandchildren.
DIANA LYONS –27-year career includes serving as learning support teacher, emotional support teacher, alternative education teacher, and block teacher (language arts, social studies) at Bart-Colerain Elementary, and Smith and Swift middle schools. “I am retiring with a heartload of memories of many special students who have touched my life, and to whom I owe gratitude for teaching me along the way.” Diana Lyons’ Retirement will include more quality time with family, and more time “worshipping the sun by bay, boat and horse.”
KAREN STAUFFER – Joined Solanco in 1990, and during her 31-year career at Swift Middle School has taught learning support, LEAD, block (language arts and social studies), and English as a Second Language; Karen Stauffer has also served at Lead Teacher for the Middle Level Language Arts Department. “This chapter of my life has been an adventure. Every day was different. I have met many amazing people, both colleagues and students, over the years.”
ROB ALTHOUSE – Came to Solanco in 1987 and has taught social studies at Solanco High School for 34 years. “Some of my favorite moments are when I get to read in the newspapers about my former students serving in politics, making a name for themselves in the business world, contributing to our community, and especially the many former students who have chosen to enter the field of education as teachers and professors.” Rob Althouse plans to begin retirement by traveling and/or enjoying the beach.
MATT BRUNS – 36-year career in the technology education department at Solanco High School began in 1985. He has taught metal working, wood working, manufacturing systems 1 and 2, graphic communications, design engineering, photography and digital photography. Three of Matt Bruns’ former students – Phil Weaver, Derrick Kreider and Todd Brown – are now teachers in the Solanco School District. “I have had the opportunity to work with a lot of hardworking, fun, and creative students. Many people would be surprised by the efforts and creativity that I have seen from students over the years.”
DON FISHER – Business education/accounting teacher at Solanco High School for 35 years. Fisher’s 35-year career began in 1986 and includes serving as coach for Solanco basketball, baseball and football, and also class advisor, student senate advisor and FBLA advisor (Future Business Leaders of America). Don Fisher and his wife look forward to traveling, including Europe.
LISA SCHELL – Math teacher at Solanco for 22 years, with a total of 30 years in teaching. “I have never worked with a group of people who care more about students and helping them become successful than I have here at Solanco High School.”
PEGGY GORDON – Business office, Solanco Administration Office. Joined Solanco on a part-time basis in 1994. In 1999 began serving full-time as tax office clerk, and moved to payroll in 2002. “I learned a lot working with former business manager Tim Shrom and current business manager Sandy Tucker. I look forward to spending time with my grandchildren and volunteering in my church in community.”
KEITH KAUFMAN – Joined Solanco in 2002 as Director of Communications. “Through my involvement with the district, the Solanco Education Foundation, and the Southern Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, I have enjoyed working with teachers, local residents and business leaders who provide tremendous support for our students, teachers, and our entire community. I look forward to traveling with my wife, and fishing the Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay and Lake Ontario with my sons and friends.”
WANDA WAGNER – Cafeteria manager at Clermont Elementary School. Her 31-year career at Solanco also includes service in the cafeteria at the former Little Britain Elementary School. “I have enjoyed my interactions with students and staff at Solanco. When retirement starts, I plan to spend a lot of time with my family and traveling.”
SALLY MONTGOMERY – Joined Solanco in 2014 and has worked in emotional support at Providence Elementary and Swift Middle School. “It has been a very educational experience for me. I am so thankful for my experience at Swift.”
WENDY YANNUCCI – Her seven-year career at Solanco began in 2014 when she joined the custodial staff at Clermont Elementary. “Thank you for your hard work and efforts to maintain a clean and safe environment at Clermont,” Solanco Facilities Director Bruce Bennett said. “Wishing you good health, happiness and success as you move forward to the next chapter in your life.”