by Lisa Krueger (Rogers Adventist School parent)
College Place, Wash., April 23, 2013 - As the children at Rogers Adventist School leave the classroom for the summer months, three teachers will be starting their retirement. These teachers, Mr. Terry Koch, Mr. Lewis Krueger, and Mrs. Liz Krueger, have each dedicated more than 25 years to teaching scores of students at Rogers, and altogether, they have each been teachers for more than 40 years.
“Not only will we miss their expertise, but they will also be leaving a big hole in our hearts,” says Clare Thompson, school principal. “Over the years, they have left their mark here beyond just their teaching positions. Mr. Koch is such a gracious Christian, and we will miss his gentleness. Who will hum joyfully about her work as Mrs. Krueger does and who will have the ready supply of jokes like Mr. Krueger? We’ll miss these friends of ours!”
Mr. and Mrs. Krueger have been teaching at Rogers for 32 years. Lewis has taught the junior high students and Liz the first and second graders. They say it has been a privilege to work with the kids and to see them excited about learning. “I will miss the part of job where I get to see children discover they can read or do math facts,” says Mrs. Krueger. We will also miss working with the great group of parents here and a supportive team of teaching colleagues, they say.
Both of them remember planning for and moving into the new Rogers School in 2004. “It was so wonderful to have the cafeteria, gym, and a teacher workroom, says Mrs. Krueger. In retirement, the Kruegers plan to travel, volunteer, and work on projects around their home.
Mr. Koch has been teaching classroom music, choir, band, and handbells for all grade levels for the past 27 years. His constant quest for excellence has translated to many musical opportunities for students. Among them: the middle school choir performed world premieres of songs by American composer Gwyneth Walker on two separate occasions; students sang with the Walla Walla Symphony Orchestra in a world premiere of “The Legend of Chief Joseph” and in a production of “The Sound of Music”; and the handbells group performed in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Washington Monument.
“I will miss the interaction with my students, their supportive parents, and the generous and kind teachers I have worked with,” says Mr. Koch.
Mr. Koch will continue directing two church choirs and a handbells group, and looks forward to having more time with his grandchildren.
Rogers Adventist School is located in College Place, Wash., and is the largest elementary school in Upper Columbia Conference with 288 students.