Four Geneseo teachers will retire from the district at the end of the 2011-12 school year. This year’s retirees include:
Harvey Green is a speech and theatre teacher at Geneseo High School. He has taught in the Geneseo School District for 33-1/2 years. He previously worked as a substitute teacher for six months in Moline.
In addition to speech and theatre, Green also taught freshman, sophomore and senior English classes while in Geneseo.
Green said he has enjoyed working with “the kids and all their productions” during his years as an instructor. He said he will miss his colleagues and the students
In retirement, Green plans to travel, work in theatre and do golf announcing.
Mike Kiss is a math teacher at Geneseo High School. He has taught in the Geneseo School?District for 31 years.
Kiss also taught three years at Alleman High School and two years at Rock Island High School.
While in Geneseo, Kiss taught all math subjects and grade levels at the high school.
He’s also taught business law, typing, consumer economics and business/technology.
During his career, Kiss said he has enjoyed “seeing kids improve.”
He said he will miss “being in the classroom the most and interacting with our staff.”
His retirement plans including spending time with his grandchildren.
Karen Miller is an elementary teacher at Millikin Elementary School. She has taught her entire 33-year career in Geneseo.
“I taught third grade from the fall of 1979 through the spring of 2006. In 2006-07, I taught a multi-age classroom (second and third grade) in Atkinson. The next year I taught second grade there. In the fall of 2008, I began teaching second grade at Millikin, and I have closed out my career here,” she explained.
Miller said she enjoys “watching the students grow and change” saying she particularly enjoys “seeing their excitement when ‘the light bulb goes on.’”
She said she loved having students’ undivided attention when reading a good book to them. “I will miss the joy of sharing good literature with children and seeing them acquire a love of reading.”
Miller plans to move to North Carolina within the year and added, “My next career has yet to unfold.”
Phil Paulson is a biology and environmental science teacher at Geneseo High School. He has taught his entire 33-year career in Geneseo.
He also has taught human anatomy, general science and earth science at the high school. He’s also coached football and track.
Paulson said he’s enjoyed “being around and communicating with the kids and other colleagues.”
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