Sue Zugenbuehler (back to camera) recently was honored by the Community Consolidated School District 146 Board. | Supplied photo
Updated: August 15, 2014 2:12AM
The Community Consolidated School District 146 Board on Monday voted unanimously to add a plaque to the D146 Wall of Fame honoring retired teacher Sue Zugenbuehler, of Kruse Education Center in Orland Park, according to a press release from the district.
Zugenbuehler is a retired teacher who began with the district in 1972. She is being honored for her commitment to her job, her students and the district, the release said.
“Sue worked in District 146 for over 30 years,” Kruse Education Center Principal Carey Radde said in the release. “She demonstrated dedication to the children and their learning. Kruse Education Center was very lucky to have her on staff for so many years. She was a support to our families, staff and students. Her influence and teaching style touched many, and she will always remain a part of our Kruse family.”
Zugenbuehler said in the release that she spent most of her years teaching first-graders but spent a great deal of her time outside of the classroom working with the mathletes team and the Junior Great Books reading program.
“I worked on curriculum development and many committees over my 30 years,” she said in the release. “In math, I led in-service sessions at the district and I worked with the state of Illinois on the development of the first statewide math assessment test.”
Reflecting on how quickly her work time passed, she said in the release that the first set of students she taught now are in their early 50s.
“I am lucky enough to live in the area and love to see some of my former students (and their parents) while out and about,” she said. “Even though I occasionally don’t recall a face — most have changed quite a bit since first grade — I usually remember the name and the personality.
“I do miss my daily work routine. I miss the student interaction. I miss working with such dedicated people on a day-to-day basis,” she said in the release. “It was a great work experience and I am so grateful to have been employed for so many years at such an incredible school district.”