May 15, 2020 - Special Edition

Vision: Ball-Chatham Success:
Our community makes it possible.
Our staff makes it attainable.
Our students make it happen.
Please help me give a special thank you to our amazing teachers that are retiring at the end of the school year.  With over 120 years of teaching experience between them, we are losing incredible talent, commitment, and enthusiasm!  

Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani Activist for Female Education and the Youngest Nobel Prize Winner, said,

These 4 teachers have done just that...CHANGED THE WORLD for their students throughout their careers.  The end of this year is not how they wanted to go out but thank you to all of them for their extreme dedication and leadership to Glenwood High School and all the people they have touched inside and outside of the classroom!
Thank you for taking a few moments to read about the amazing retirees from GHS! #TitansUnite

Douglas W. Szcinski, Principal
Glenwood High School
Becky Hays

Ms. Hays has been an amazing influence on our students and athletes at Glenwood High School.  Ms. Hays graduated from Millikin University with a bachelors in education where she also played tennis and basketball.  Later in her career she also received a masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the American College of Education. 

Ms. Hays has been a prominent force at GHS serving as a physical education, health, and driver education teacher for 28 of her 36 years of teaching. Ms. Hays promotes healthy living, sportsmanship, and competition every day with her students in the classroom as well as on the court as the head tennis and girls basketball coach. She has also been an active member of the teachers union serving as a building representative for several years. 

Ms. Hays will be headed into retirement in hopes to travel and "get up and go wherever, whenever!"  She has been on a school schedule for the last 53 years and just know that starting this fall she doesn't have to get up on Mondays!
Susan Kieffer

Ms. Keiffer will conclude year 36 in education at the end of the year.  She came to GHS in 1990.

As a teacher in the BCSD, I have taught classes in Social Studies (Civics, World Affairs, U.S. History, World Geography, and Current Events, Foreign Language (multiple levels of German plus Illinois Virtual School contact), and numerous leveled English courses. In the first years at Glenwood, she sponsored the cheer squad, worked with an academic intervention program, and coordinated a peer helpers program. She led an after-school German program at the elementary schools. 

As a retiree, Ms. Keiffer will return to volunteering at her local church where she taught preschool Sunday School and took responsibility for decorations for special events such as Children's Christmas musicals and VBS. Ms. Keiffer and her husband Tony have already booked a number of camping reservations as they  continue their weekend travels in their motor home. Ms. Keiffer plan on opening a booth in a local antique mall with a focus on vintage jewelry and enrolling again in ceramic classes. Say hello to her if you meet up at the local library. She hopes to volunteer or work in a reading recovery classroom and substitute in the district.
Rose Rupple

Known as Señora Ruppel to her students and as Rosa to her friends and co-workers

Years in Education: 34 years of service with 25 years at Glenwood High School

Rose started her teaching career at GHS as an English teacher.  When she began working on her Master’s in ESL she developed a love of Spanish and has taught it since.  Her students enjoy her Spanish shortcuts for learning and she is always very positive and patient with all her students. 

Rose has been busy at Glenwood not only teaching but also attending her students’ activities.  She attends concerts, plays, Scholastic events, sponsors students in fundraisers and has become active in the Cross Cultures Club.  She loves sporting activities, especially wrestling, which she watches with her eyes closed and football, which she feels every contact the players have.  She also attends basketball, baseball and softball games as well as track and field events. 

Rose plans to enjoy the first semester of her retirement staying at home in Virginia, IL and enjoying time with family and friends.  She wants to work part-time later, possibly in a medical office.

Jill Turley

Ms. Turley has been a staple in the Special Education department at Glenwood High School for the past 17 years.  She also served the Ball-Chatham Schools for 10 years prior to coming to the high school.  Ms. Turley has a total of 35 years in education. 

Ms. Turley has been an extremely active member of the GHS staff as an assistant tennis coach, assistant Key Club sponsor, and a teacher mentor.  Ms. Turley has also assisted many teachers as a building representative for the BCEA.

Ms. Turley has an extremely close family and hopes to have fun traveling visiting family and friends across the United States!
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