Four Newcomerstown Exempted Village School District educators will be retiring at the conclusion of the 2013-2014 school year.
The four educators are: Connie Sproat, Gretchen Yerian, Pearl Hanner and Karen Little.
Sproat has given 30 years of service to the school district. During her years of teaching, she taught second and third grades, and one year of art.
Yerian has been in education for 44 years. She taught for 17 years at the St. Joseph Preparatory Seminary in Vienna, W.Va., before coming to Newcomerstown, where she taught French and Spanish, levels I-IV, for 27 years. She has been National Honor Society advisor in both schools, 15 years at the Seminary and 26 years at Newcomerstown High School. She has also traveled with her students on many occasions with trips to Mexico (1), Costa Rica (1), Spain (2), France (2), London-Paris-Madrid (2), and Quebec (1).
Hanner has given 33 years of service to the school district. She taught five years at the Newcomerstown Middle School, teaching sixth and seventh grade reading and language arts; 18 years at East Elementary teaching kindergarten; and 12 years at East teaching reading and intervening with grade levels K-3. She was also a junior high cheerleading advisor and high school majorette advisor.
Little has been in education for 20 years. She taught nine years in the Strasburg District teaching K-6 general music, instructing junior high band and high school choir, as well as directing the drama department. She also worked at Garaway for two years in grades 2-4, junior high band, high school choir and show choir, and drama director. At Newcomerstown, Karen taught middle school music and directed the high school choirs for five years and directed the high school band for four years.