The North Bend Eagle

 

Chromy retires after 33 years at NBE

by Stephanie Iwan Flamme
Published 8/8/18

For Audrey Chromy, the 2018-2019 school year will have to begin without her. During the summer late in June the smiling para educator at North Bend Elementary School has decided to retire.

Audrey ChormyAudrey Chromy will be able to spend more time in her flower garden since she decided to retire this summer. Chromy served as a para professional for North Bend Elementary.

Although Chromy was past the usual retirement age, she continued to work until age 70.

“I really enjoyed the school atmosphere, working with kids, and having lots of fun at NBE,” Chromy said.

Being a paraeducator was a great job for Chromy. She enjoyed the daily routine, always busy schedule, the students and co-workers and only living five blocks from her job.

Chromy began her work as a paraprofessional in 1985 when her daughters were both at NBE in the first and fourth grades. She thought it would be the perfect position having summers off, vacation and snow days, and being with her girls when they were home. Previously she had been an office manager for 10 years at the Commodore Corporation and Western Homes before becoming a stay-at-home mom.

“Cec Hall, head teacher, hired Karen Dunn and me to start on Dec. 1,” Chromy said. “With no specific training, I felt overwhelmed at first and thought I might not last until Christmas vacation, which was only three weeks.”

Slowly the new para adjusted and continued working for the next 33 years. Starting out working with first graders, she has worked with every grade level, kindergarten through sixth, and in the library. However, she has spent most of her time with second and third graders.

“I adjusted to this new adventure which grew to be most rewarding and enjoyable,” Chromy said.

In 1995 Chromy survived cancer and decided to enroll in college credit courses. These classes when added to credits already earned allowed her to attain a valid Nebraska Substitute Teaching Certificate.

“Now I was on call to substitute for teachers as well as perform my regular duties,” Chromy said.

 

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