Five Turner staff members set to retire

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  • Rosenthal

  • 1

    Rath

  • 2

    Hoover

  • 3

    McClellan

  • Rosenthal

  • 1

    Rath

  • 2

    Hoover

  • 3

    McClellan

TOWN OF BELOIT - Five Turner educators and staff members are set to retire from the school district this year, including a principal, a band director, two paraeductors and a custodian.

Liz Rosenthal has been with the district for 32 years and currently serves as the director of bands at Turner Middle School. Randy McClellan has been with the district 13 years and will retire as principal of Townview.

Bernadine Hoover, a special education paraeducator at Townview, has been with the district 30 years. Also at Townview, librarian aide Julie Rath and custodian Michael Rozelle are retiring after 22 and 20 years, respectively. Rozelle could not be reached for this story.

Here's a look at what each of the educators' legacies:

. Liz Rosenthal

Over the course of her tenure at Turner, Rosenthal has seen the middle and high school bands grow into the fully developed programs they are today.

After starting at the middle/high school back in 1986, the first 16 years she taught 6-12 grades. Rosenthal helped grow the program to the point where the district had to hire another director. She decided to focus on the middle school. Since Rosenthal first took over the Turner middle/high school bands, an additional two bands have been added for a total of five bands.

She will be passing the reigns to Janine Brown, who currently serves as band director at Monroe High School. Janine Brown is married to the Turner High School director of bands Will Brown.

"When you build a program It's almost like you're handing over your baby or something, and I feel like the program's in good hands with her," Rosenthal said. "She has experience and is great with kids."

Rosenthal is looking forward to time for relaxation and organization before figuring out what's next for her.

• Randy McClellan

McClellan announced his retirement earlier this year, saying though he's enjoyed his time at Turner, he's looking forward to relaxation and spending more time with his family, including his two grandchildren.

He's enjoyed the family-like atmosphere the district provides.

"That's what I'll miss most about Turner, this family," McClellan said. "At the same time there's new horizons."

This is McClellan's eighth year as principal and 13th year at Turner. He previously served as principal of Turner Middle School.

In light of his retirement, high school principal Ryan Bertelsen will become the new principal of Townview, and Chris Koeppen, current assistant principal of the middle/high school, will serve as principal of the high school. History teacher Matt Bright will step into the assistant principal role.

"I know I've left the school in good shape, Mr. Bertelsen will do a great job here," McClellan said.

• Bernadine Hoover

Hoover said the hardest part of retiring is saying goodbye to the children she's worked with. She's served as a special education para for approximately the last 23 years out of her 30 year career at Turner. Before working with students with special needs, she was a clerical aide.

Hoover said she was drawn to the students with special needs, and they've kept her motivated for more than 20 years.

"It's been wonderful. I've worked with some wonderful people, and the kids are great," Hoover said. "I've also met some wonderful parents. It's been a privilege."

Just because she's retiring doesn't mean she's not staying active. In fact, Hoover and her husband already have three cruises lined up starting this December.

• Julie Rath

Rath credits her children for the reason she's worked at the district for more than 20 years. It was her three kids who told her about the opening in the library.

As a librarian aide, Rath's primary duties are to teach all of the students how to check out books from the library while also helping to maintain the library all year.

"I love my job and the students," Rath said. "It's so fun to celebrate a birthday with them."

She said over the last 20 years an interesting part of her job has been keeping up with technological advancements. For example, the library had just installed an automated system when she started at Turner.

She and her husband already have planned a trip to Ireland to celebrate their retirements.

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