Archive for Thursday, May 11, 2006

Retiring teachers planning for a change of pace

May 11, 2006

A little R and R and a change of pace are things Carolyn Conklin, Dee Pickerign and Carol Seivley will have a chance to enjoy in a few days.

The three teachers will retire from the Basehor-Linwood School district at the end of the school year and Central Office Administration and Staff hosted an open house for the trio Monday to bid them farewell and best wishes.

The teachers were greeted with refreshments and friends and talked about what they planned to do next.

Conklin has been with the district for five years as a high school counselor and came to USD 458 after 27 years with the Turner District. She received her doctorate from the University of Kansas and her master's degree from Kansas State University.

Some of Conklin's post retirement plans include a cruise around South America and reopening a previous business.

"I want to reopen my consulting firm, CHC and Associates," she said. "We'll just help anybody who needs it."

Pickerign has also been with the Basehor-Linwood district for five years. After 16 years in the Stanton County School District, she came to Basehor-Linwood High School to teach business after her husband, Dr. Roger Pickerign, became superintendent of the Easton School District.

She and her husband are retiring at the same time to bowl, golf, travel and do other things together.

"We're going to do all the fun things people do together," she said. "We want to do things together while we still have our health."

Pickerign also looks forward to spending time with her mother, daughter and three grandchildren. She said she will eventually substitute for the district and work part time.

"I've been in real estate and have done a lot of different things," she said. "I can't decide what I want to do. I love kids, I really enjoy them, so I'll probably do something with them."

In her first year as a teacher, Seivley was hired by the government to start elementary physical education programs in Basehor because the district did not have them. Now, after 31 years teaching health and physical education at Basehor-Linwood Middle School and elementary schools, Seivley is ready for a change.

"I want to further my educational knowledge in a different area," she said.

Although she will now spend some time away from teaching, she said she really enjoyed working with the teachers and children.

"They are just so hilarious," Seivley said about the students. "They are honest and tell it like it is. It was exciting to see them in a different way than just walking down the hall."

She plans to have a new job by the end of summer, but in the meantime, she is looking forward to spending time on her 15 acres with her horses and other animals.

"Nature, country and animals -- that's life to me."

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