Posted Date: 05/18/2022
Retiring from USD 264: Teresa Bowman, EW Secretary
After 21 years at Elementary West, Secretary Teresa Bowman will retire at the end of this year. She started as a substitute teacher and teacher’s aide before becoming a full-time secretary. Over the years, she has worked with four principals, five other secretaries as well as countless teachers and administrators.
We had questions for Mrs. Bowman
What do you love about our district?
What I love about our district is the support of our schools by the patrons. Anytime we have had a fundraiser, whether it was Kansas Honor Flight or PTO or Pennies for Patients our community has blown us away!
How did your career surprise you?
My favorite part of any school year is helping new parents enroll their students for the first time and helping to ease some of their anxieties. We have always strived to make our office friendly and helpful as it is often the first point of contact for many people.
What’s your favorite activity?
The most surprising part of my career is that there is always something new and exciting when you work in an elementary school. It keeps me on my toes!
What are your future plans?
I have a long list of things I would like to accomplish in the days ahead, but tops on the list is spending more time with my grandkids while I wait to see what God has for me next.
Retiring from USD 264: Diana Sandberg, Kindergarten Teacher
After 24 years in education, all of them at Clearwater, Mrs. Diana Sandberg, kindergarten teacher, will retire at the end of this year. Before entering education, Mrs. Sandberg worked in the business world. Her degree is in accounting and computer science and, later, early childhood education.
“I love that this district is continuously encouraging growth in staff as well as students. I love the support that parents have given to classrooms over the years. I have especially loved working with the children,” she said.
After her children were in school here in Clearwater, she took a position with the COOP in Goddard. She started as a paraeducator in 1998, working for the COOP in Clearwater's preschool program. She worked as a para in Clearwater's preschool while earning an early childhood education degree.
“As much as I loved working with preschool children, I have loved working with Kinders even more,” she said. “It is a very exciting age, and as a teacher, you get to see tremendous growth!”
Her future plans are to slow down a little and spend time with her family.
Mrs. Sandberg, we wish you the best. Thank you for your years of service.