Schools say goodbye to retiring staff

Posted Posted June 12, 2017

The Plymouth School District will bid farewell to a number of staff members who are retiring. Together they have 192 years of service to the district.


Mary Vanderkin portrait

Mary Vanderkin

Years with district: 37
Current title: Third grade teacher at Fairview Elementary School
Career: I started my teaching career at Fairview as a Special Education teacher in 1980.  In 1990, I switched to 3rd grade at Fairview and have been teaching there ever since.
Favorite memories: My favorite memories were watching my students perform in a variety of ways such as Reader’s Theater, reciting their writing, concerts, and the Wax Museum. 
Plans for retirement: I am looking forward to spending more time with my family, especially my two granddaughters and enjoying more time at our cottage.


Cheryl Lensmire

Years with district: 37 (retirement effective Nov. 11, 2016)
Current title: Custodian at Riverview Middle School


Shelia Brzeski with student

Sheila Brzeski

Years with district: 28
Current title: First-grade teacher at Horizon Elementary School
Career: Director of the Mulberry Bush 1987-1990; kindergarten at Fairview 1989-1990; second grade at Parkview 1990-91; first grade at Horizon 1991-2017
Favorite memories: I have a lot of great memories of students, families, and especially the staffs that I have been privileged to work with over the years. There are way too many to even begin listing them!
Plans for retirement: To enjoy time with family and friends, to spend extra time with my granddaughter, and to just relax! It will give me time to figure out what I will do next!


Sue Smith portrait

Sue Smith

Years with district: 28
Current title: 4K teacher at Parkview Elementary School
Career: Taught in Green Bay for 7 years. Worked in all three Plymouth elementary schools in a variety of grades – 4K, 5K, 1st, and 5th.
Favorite memories: I love being a teacher! I cherish the children, their families, and the colleagues with whom I've worked. My family enjoyed the entertaining classroom stories I shared daily. Just as former students do, I'll always remember hatching chicks/ducklings each spring.
Plans for retirement: I look forward to new adventures with my family and volunteer opportunities.


Anna Anderson

Years with district: 27
Current title: Administrative assistant to the superintendent and to the Board of Education
Favorite memories: Working with so many people that have become good friends and never having one day be the same in the district office. I will miss the interaction with so many people each day. I hope my husband is up to that task.
Plans for retirement: Spending time with grandchildren who live in the area, gardening, golfing and traveling with my husband. It will be nice not to have to run off each morning to work. I can chill for a change.


Susan Sell

Years with district: 20 (10 at the high school and 10 at the middle school)
Current title: Family and consumer science teacher at Riverview Middle School
Career: 33 years total: one year at Urban Middle School in Sheboygan; 12 years at Valders High School; 20 years in Plymouth
Plans for retirement: Plan to do anything and everything I can as I move toward "rewirement."  I'm excited to delve into my many passions.


Lynn Graening on river

Lynn Graening

Years with district: 15
Current title: Literacy coach at Riverview Middle School
Career: 2001-02 Horizon Elementary School second and third grade multi-age teacher; 2002-06 Cascade Elementary School reading; 2006-17 Riverview Middle School reading and literacy coach 
Favorite memories: Thinking back I cherish the relationships I've made with students, and parents. I have truly enjoyed working with and learning from my colleagues and treasure their friendships.
Plans for retirement: Travel. Stay active. I have applied to volunteer at Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center to be a baby cuddler at NICU. Also, The Make-A-Wish Foundation and Bookworm Gardens.

Parent letter to Lynn Graening