Five Distinguished Educators from the Wood Music Department Retiring Representing a Total of 167 Years of Experience
Touching and influencing thousands of students, five Wood music teachers will be retiring from the Davenport Schools at the end of this school year. An interesting fact about this group is that all five of them have earned degrees from the University of Iowa. We asked a couple of questions to each of the retirees:
1) How many years have you taught music?
2) What is your favorite memory of Wood Intermediate?
3) What do you plan to do with your retirement?
Paula Hartman– 1) 33 years total, the past 4 years at Wood; 2) recruitment tours, the fun supportive staff; 3) Read, practice, run, Taekwondo, travel- the list is long!
Kris Kendell– 1) 33 years total, ALL of them at WOOD; 2) So many, many of them… all of my students! 3) Private lesson studio, bake cookies for my cookie business, Nota Dolce Specialty Cookies, substitute teach, who knows???
Jim McCartney – 1) 33 years; the past 7 at Wood; 2) I interviewed for my job at JB Young in the Wood Band room with Mr. Ciccotelli band and am finishing my career in the Wood Band room! 3) Grow up! Ok maybe not! Keep working!
Nora Reiter – 1) 33 years; the past 12 at Wood; 2) Working with a really great staff and the remodeled instrumental music rooms; 3) Read, quilt, teach piano, travel, spend time with my family
Andy Tadlock – 1) 35 years; the past 12 at Wood; 2) The strong and positive relationships I’ve made with my students, co-workers and DCSD community; 3) I will continue to follow my passion to be a lifelong learner with any and every endeavor I choose. Though not the end, I choose to think of this year as the close of a chapter in my professional life. As the poet Browning said: “Come grow old with me, the best is yet to be!”