Teachers saying goodbye


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Latin teacher Jason Lichte works with students on a reenactment in the rotunda last week.

By Macy Landes

When students walk down the halls of Lawrence High, it’s not uncommon to hear a cheerful “Salve [Latin for ‘hello’],” from Latin teacher Jason Lichte or “Hi hon, how are you?” from English teacher Sue Donnelly. Unfortunately for students and staff alike, these teachers — and some other staff members — won’t be at Lawrence High next year, with causes ranging from new job opportunities to retirement.

Among those presented with outside employment offers is guidance counselor Sharon Wilson, who will teach science at Shawnee Heights High School next year. Another counselor, Aaron Ebke, will be working at Highland Park High School.

Ebke said he’d miss how the different departments at LHS are like families.

“I just feel like I can go to people here and ask questions and get help,” Ebke said. “If students need things and I’m not 100 percent sure [of the answer], I know the people here are here to help everybody.

So that is something that’s very cool about this department. That doesn’t necessarily happen everywhere.”

Lichte will be working at Cair Paravel Latin School in Topeka, a private school that teaches Latin to students in grades K-12.

“We love Lawrence High,” Lichte said. “I always imagined I’d retire here, with the courtyard [outside room 130]. I love the students here, some of the teachers are my best friends. But in the end, as I told student council students, sometimes you have to make decisions that are hard when people are counting on you to look out for [them].”

Other staffers moving on are Tim Sostarich, Joe Bower, Karen Currey,Brooke Kissinger and Brian Anderson.