Seven Wauseon Teachers Retire From Long-Time Careers

RetirereesSeven distinguished members of the Wauseon school faculty will be stepping out of the classroom for the final time as summer kicks into gear.

Steve Schneider, Kimberly Hackett, David Storrer, Jay McGee, Joyce Oyer, Amy Boyers, and Bill Roback have all announced their retirement . These are seven truly dedicated individuals who have given their time and talents as they helped to develop literally thousands of youth over the years. And seven loyal and terrific teachers that will be tough to replace.

Starting with Steve Schneider. Schneider unbelievably started his teaching career for Wauseon Exempted Village Schools in 1969. He had attended Wauseon Schools from the time he was in 5th grade. He graduated from Wauseon High School in 1965. Following his time in Wauseon, Schneider attended and graduated from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor’s degree with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Health and Physical Education. He followed that with a Masters degree in 1974 from Bowling Green State University in Educational Administration.

Schneider was also well known outside the classroom for he and his many teams successes on the wrestling matts. Schneider was the head wrestling coach at Wauseon for 34 years. He was named Division 2 Coach of the Year in 2000. And was named District coach of the Year four times. He had the third most wins in the state at the time of his retirement.

Schneider also coached football for 24 years and baseball for two.

His other crowning achievement was the advisor of the JETS Club at the school. His groups rotated their annual trips between Washington D.C., Chicago and Toronto.

Schneider was honored in 2007 with the Franklin B. Walter Teacher of the Year award and was named the Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year in 2013.

Steve has been married to Jessica for 42 years and they have grown children Stephanie Trejo and Joe Schneider. Steve is most proud of his two grandchildren Jacob and Maddie Trejo.

Kimberly Hackett did her undergraduate work at Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan. During her junior year she studied at Université de Bourgogne in Dijon, France and at Universidad de Duesto in Bilbao, Spain. After receiving her degree, with majors in French and Spanish, Mrs. Hackett taught English as a foreign language through auspices of the Fullbright Hayes Foundation at the Lycée de la Martinière, Lyons, France.

Upon completing her elementary education certification coursework at Bowling Green State University in 1978, Mrs. Hackett began teaching with the Wauseon Exempted Village Schools. Her first assignment was that of a second grade at Elm Street School. In 1987, she began her high school career teaching French and Spanish.

During her tenure at the high school, Mrs. Hackett served as the French Club advisor for twenty-seven years. She organized a number of student trips to France and Quebec. She has been a mentor to new teachers, served as Wauseon Education Association Building Representative, and member of the Scholarship Committee for over twenty years.

Mrs. Hackett was awarded a Masters of French from the University of Northern Iowa in 1998 after completing course work which included four summers at the Université Catholique de l’Ouest in Angers, France. She has completed many additional course hours at various colleges and universities in both Ohio and Michigan. In special recognition, Mrs. Hackett was named a Jennings Scholar 1992-1993 and to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers on repeated occasions. The 2013-2014 school year brings to a close Mrs. Hackett’s thirty-six years in the teaching profession.

David Storrer graduated from Montpelier High School in 1975. In 1979 he graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. He followed that with his Master’s degree from the University of Toledo in 1984.

Storrer began his Wauseon teaching career in 1979 at Burr Road Middle School. He taught sixth grade (self-contained), seventh grade Math, seventh grade Language Arts and sixth, seventh and eighth grade Math.
From 1990-1994 he served as the Athletic Director at Wauseon High School. He coached Junior High Track from 1980-1984, coached Junior High Football in 1986 and 1987, coached boy’s basketball eighth grade (2 years), freshmen (7 years), junior varsity (14 years) and Varsity Assistant (7 years).

Bill Roback is completing a 31 year teaching career. Roback graduated from Sand Creek High School in Michigan. He attended Western Michigan University and Adrian College where he enjoyed time on the football and basketball teams there.
Roback started his career with the Lucas County Schools where he coached football, basketball and track. He then moved to the Bryan Schools where he also coached the same three sports. He then moved to Wauseon where he taught Physical Education and also coached football and basketball during his tenure.

Roback is married to Ronda Roback and they have two college aged children Paige and Brogan. Bill is proud of this children and shared that Paige is at Eastern Michigan and on the volleyball team there, while Brogan is also at Eastern Michigan and is the quarterback on the football team.

Joyce Oyer has 30 years of teaching experience. 27 of those years are here in Wauseon. She has taught kindergarten, third and fourth grades as well as title reading, summer, and after school intervention.

She received her Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Bowling Green State University and Master’s from the University of Toledo in early childhood curriculum.

Information for Amy Boyers and Jay McGee were not received but both gave of their talents and concentrated on developing young people. Boyers and McGee are two more of the valuable teaching staff that will be sorely missed as the years continue but one thing is for sure every one of these teachers will never be forgotten by so many who crossed their paths on a daily basis.

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