Becky Wismer, a special education assistant at Imlay Elementary School, died unexpectedly of a heart attack on Monday, June 29. Becky was hired in 2012 and first worked at Tobias Elementary School before transferring to Imlay in 2015. "Becky was a tremendous individual who lit up the room when around the kids. She will be dearly missed at Imlay and HSD," commented Principal Jen McCalley. Information is not yet known about a memorial service or celebration of life.
Gordon Damron, a bus driver in the Transportation Department, passed away the weekend of May 16 after a recent cancer diagnosis. Gordon joined the Transportation team in December of 2015. He worked as both a district driver and, most recently, as a route driver out of Jackson Elementary School and Liberty High School. This was a second career for Gordon, who had previously spent more than 20 years in electronics sales. Gordon was a quiet man who loved his role as a school bus driver and was always faithful to his route and his duties.
"With Gordon’s death, we have lost an important member of our Transportation family. We grieve his passing and we send our sincerest condolences to his family and friends, especially his wife Deb, who is an assistant cook at Lincoln Street Elementary School," expressed Executive Director Carol Hatfield.
On Friday morning, March 20, 2020, we found out that our sweet Zaida from the Translations department succumbed to her long battle with cancer Thursday evening, March 19. Zaida was a talented, dedicated employee and friend to all. Even as she physically suffered through rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, she kept a smile on her face and worked as much as she could. Though we knew we would miss her, I think we all breathed a sigh of relief when she decided it was time to retire and spend the time she had left with her husband and two sons, whom she loved so dearly. In the end, she was surrounded by love; and although she left this world too soon, she left an indelible mark on all of us.
We do not know about services or requests for remembrances at this time. As soon as we receive more information, we will pass it along.
Our hearts and thoughts go out to Zaida’s family, friends, and all who knew her at this sad time.
Bonnie Henson a long time member of the North Plains School Community passed away on December 23, 2019. She started as an instructional assistant in 1984 and was hired as a teacher in 1991. Then, she worked twenty-three years exclusively teaching first grade teacher. She retired in the Spring of 2015. Each day she greeted each of her students with a reassuring and sincere smile. Whenever, anything did not go as planned, she refelcted on what she could do differently to make the next day perfect for each child. She would gleefully announce each time a student got it and joined the ranks of “Reader”. She developed a class family each year, a culture of kindness and caring and did anything she could to give each student the best day of learning possible. Prior to consolidation, if someone from the staff might see a student across the road picking strawberries during class, she would always be part of the group who would cross the road, reassure the parent and bring the student to class, and give them a day full of love.