Julie Willenborg, a long-time fourth-grade teacher at Kuemper Catholic School System, accepts her retirement certificate after 41 years in the school district during the Kuemper teacher and faculty appreciation day June 4. (Photos by Annie Mehl)
Julie Willenborg, a long-time fourth-grade teacher at Kuemper Catholic School System, accepts her retirement certificate after 41 years in the school district during the Kuemper teacher and faculty appreciation day June 4. (Photos by Annie Mehl)

June 11, 2019

Laughter filled the park as teachers and school faculty sat together for the afternoon to recognize each other for their hard work and commitment to their school and students.

Every year, Kuemper Catholic holds its annual teacher and faculty appreciation day to honor its teachers for their years of dedication and to say goodbye to others retiring or moving on from the school.

This year, Kuemper celebrated many teachers and gave certificates for five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 35, 40 and 45 years of teaching at Kuemper June 4.

John Steffes, the president of Kuemper Catholic School System, said the school holds the celebration every year after school is out to acknowledge school staff who have reached a milestone like 20 or even 40 years at Kuemper.

“Our dedicated faculty and staff are the most important asset of our school operations, and we don’t thank them enough,” he said.

During the day, staff members received certificates for the various years of teaching at Kuemper, and others were recognized with awards and plaques as they moved on to retirement or to another school.

Throughout the celebration, everyone is able to have fun and enjoy being with each other and end the school year on a positive note.

It’s always a joyful time when the entire staff gets together to end another school year as a Kuemper family,” he said. “Having it as a picnic atmosphere at the park outdoors is an extra fun part of our year-end event.”