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September 6, 2012 I The Lovell Chronicle I 3 I BY PATTI CARPENTER When the school year rang in this year, it was on the heels of the retirement for several long-standing educators from both Big Horn County School Dis- trict No. 1 and No.2. DIANA RODGERS Diana Rodgers retired after seven years as the Ti- tle I teacher at Rocky Moun- tain Elementary School. Rodgers taught in Big Horn County School District No. One for 34 years. She saw many changes in the dis- trict over those years, in- DIANA RODGERS CAROL MCMILLLIN AUSTIN GIBBONS DARLENE MONCUR cluding the consolidation of many small schools and special programs to help McMillin. the team won the state was to be close to our grand- as they learned from her. the construction of the new them get caught up so they McMillin has suffered championship, kids and our children." "With the one student school buildings that serve could eventually go back to with rheumatoid arthritis Gibbons is back on the who was blind, I learned them today, the regular classroom pro- since a young age and she AUSTIN GIBBONS farm he inherited from his that he wasn't handi- Prior to her tenure in gram," said Rodgers. said her disease makes the For 30 years Austin father. In the few shortcapped, he was blind," ex- the district, she taught for "It was not necessari-day a bit longer and hard- Gibbons taught skills like months since his retire-plained Hawley. "He was nine years in the state of ly the most needy children er for her because there are welding, auto mechanics ment, he and his wife have smart and very capable. He Michigan. She first stepped who needed this help, it was some things she just can't and other vocational class- built a house on the land was smarter than I am." into the classroom in Wyo- students at all levels," she do anymore, es, as well as math dur- and Gibbons has harvested So far, Hawley is en- ming as a fifth grade teach- said. "An aide and myself "Of all of the different ing his teaching career at two crops of hay. He hopes joying her grandchildren, er and later taught first would work with students things I do in my job, I love Lovell High School. to have cattle on the land volunteering at her church through fourth grades, to help support and make coaching the most," McMil- "Austin was student again some day, like hisand helping her cousin in When the principal them more fluent readers or lin. "My disease makes itcentered and always will-father did when he was aher fabric store. Sleeping in asked her to take ori the to help with specific math difficult for me to do things ing to help staff or students child, and now it's his own and taking life easy is high Title 1 teaching role, she concepts. We would catch like swing anymore but the in any way he could," said children and grandchildren on her list of priorities. She jumped at the opportuni- those kids right away, be- girls still work hard for me Big Horn County School who are at his side. sees a few road trips in the ty to work one on one with fore they fell behind." and I'll continue to do what Dist. No. 2 Supt. Dan Coe. future where she plans to students to help improve Rodgers said she didn't I can for them. As long as I "He was a teacher leader at JUANITA HAWLEY visit her grandchildren. reading and math skills for leave because she was am contributing and they LHS and provided great ad- Paraprofessional Juan- those who needed a little "too old, or too sick, or too are gaining from having me vice for school improvement ita Hawley retired after 19 DARLENE MONCUR extra bit of help to stay on burned out." there, I will be there for the throughout his career." years of service in School Darlene Moncur started track with their studies. As "I had a great year and girls." Gibbons learned many District No. 2. She began teaching in Big Horn School a title teacher, she worked I just knew it was time to McMillin has two as- of the skills he taught work- her career at the Children's District No. Two in 1986. with grades kindergarten retire," said Rodgers, who sistant coaches (Camaren ing on the farm along side Resource Center and later She taught Family and Con- through fifth, is enjoying time traveling, Boettcher and Kayla Hon- of his father in Afton. went on to work at Lovell sumer Science part time at "As a Title 1 teach- working in the garden with eyman) who she says have "I think what I enjoyed Elementary School, whereLovell Middle School and er, you usually get to work her husband and spending bought into her philoso- the most is seeing the kids she worked along side of a in 2006 added teaching the with small groups of kids time with her mother, whophy and make a big contri- figure things out on their blind student from kinder- same subject at Lovell High who needed a little extra is 86 years old. bution by helping with the own," said Gibbons. "Somegarten through his success- School, which filled the oth- help," said Rodgers. "In the "I was about to turn 66 physical aspects of training really took the initiative ful graduation from higher half of her day. Moncur situation I was in, because and I had taught all of those that are hard for her to do. and did just that and have school and through a year was the AdvancED Chair I had been teaching in the years and I needed to take "When you have two as-gone on to do really well. of college, for School Improvement at classroom for so long, I got some time to relax and dosistant coaches who have a It's always satisfying when Hawley taught her- Lovell Middle School for some pretty big groups." some other things," said philosophy that falls right kids come back for a vis-self to read and transcribe many years. Rodgers worked with Rodgers, who already miss- m line with yours, you it and tell me about all the Braille. Throughout the "Darlene provided great groups of one or two and es the kids and the reward- couldn't ask for a better sit- things they've done with years she also worked with teacher leadership with the sometimes up to 18 children ing experience of making a uation," said McMillin. "It what they learned. It's the three other blind students, staff," said Supt. Coe. "She at a time helping students difference in their lives, gives us three people, with icing on the cake for me." offering the support they was always striving to help improve their reading and "I thoroughly enjoyed it all different skills levels,Gibbons and his wife needed to succeed in thestudents and challenge math skills, and I'm already missing it," who have the same philoso- have moved to Afton to beclassroom, them to greater learning "It was classroom sup- said Rodgers. phy. So our girls are getting closer to their children and"As a paraprofession-heights." port, that's what it was," the same coaching all thegrandchildren, al our job is to keep kids on Editor's note: Mon- explained Rodgers. "I loved CAROL MCMILLIN way around." "We loved living in track and to help them be cur was out of town and un- it because I was brought up Carol McMillin also re- Boettcher and Hon- Lovell, loved the town and successful," said Hawley. available for interview at in a one-room school house tired from Big Horn County eyman assisted McMil- the people," said Gibbons. Hawley said shelearned the time this article was when I was little and that School District No. 1 after lin in year 2010 when "The main draw for leaving as much from her students written. is what it reminded me of.*' 20 years of teaching Family Rodgers said she per-and Consumer Science, PE formed many "interven- and coaching the volleyball tions" over the years, help- team. McMillin has contin- ing students who were ued coaching volleyball. otherwise not succeeding in "I decided to retire the reading and math pro- mainly because my hus- grams in their classrooms band works out of town for various reasons, and I would like to spend "The idea was to set up some time with him," said Romombranc ,', Colobration Join us on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 6:00 PM at Greybull High School Football Field to honor and thank first responders and military members in our community! Special honorees include fire, police, sheriff, highway patrol, emergency medical services, search and rescue, veterans, current military, and families of all the above. All service members are encouraged to wear their uniforms iiiiii ~iiiiii iili~ ion "A: New ]Call fashions Live models " s5 bracelets and scarves Door prizes Refreshments Sunday afternoon beginning Sunday, Sept. 9 RedZone takes you live, from game to game, to catch the crucial plays as they happen. miss out.., Get TCT's $50 SEASON PASS today! to the event. "J Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Wyoming Event is FREE and open to all~ The American Cancer Society (ACS) recom- mends that men have a chance to make an informed decision with their health care provider about whether to be screened for prostate cancer.The decision should be made after getting information about the uncertainties, risks, and potential benefits of prostate cancer screening. Men should not be screened unless they have received this information. Ken Ferbrache The discussion about screening should take MPAS. PA-C place at age 50 for men who are at average risk of prostate cancer and are expected to live at least 10 more years. This discussion should take place starting at age 4_5 for men at high risk of developing prostate cancer. This includes African Americans and men who have a first-degree relative (father, brother, or son) diagnosed with prostate cancer at an early age (younger than age 65). This discussion should take place at age 40 for men at even higher risk (those with more than one first-degree relative who had prostate cancer at an early age). After this discussion, those men who want to be Screened should be tested with the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test: The digital rectal exam (DRE) may also be done as a part of screening. If, after this discussion, a man is unable to decide if testing is right for him, the screening decision can be made by the health care provider, who should take into account the pa- tient's general health preferences and values. Assuming no prostate cancer is found as a result of screening, the time between future screenings depends on the results of the PSA blood test: Men who choose to be tested who have a PSA of less than 2.5 ng/ml, may only need to be retested every 2 years. Screening should be done yearly for men whose PSA level is 2.5 ng/ml or higher. Because prostate cancer often grows slowly, men without symptoms of prostate cancer who do not have a lO-year life expectancy should not be offered testing since they are not likely to benefit. Overall health status, and not age alone, is important when making decisions about screening. Even after a decision about testing has been made, the discussion about the pros and cons of testing should be repeated as new information about the benefits and risks of testing becomes available. Further discussions are also needed to take into account changes in the patient's health, values, and preferences. The PSA bloodtest will be offered at the Health Fair for only $30, blood draw dates are September 8th, and 10th - 15th, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at New Horizons Care Center. NORTH BIG HORN HOSPITAL CLINIC 1115 Lane 12 Loveli, WY 82431, www.nbhh.com 548-5201