The North Bend Eagle


Paasch looks for new adventures

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 5/9/18

Jolene Paach looks toward retirement with a great deal of anticipation, and also a little anxiety.

classroomJolene Paasch works with her fifth grade students during a reading class. She is retiring after 31 years in the North Bend school system.

The 66-year-old has been teaching 34 years total, taking off 10 years when her four children were born. After graduating in 1973 from Midland Lutheran College, she taught for three years in Hooper then took her break.

“You just put those years on at the other end,” Paasch said. “I was fortunate enough to be able to stay home with my children.”

She taught at Cotterell School, District 93, for 12 years before consolidation sent her to the District 92 Tower School for a year, and then to town, making 31 years total in the North Bend school district.

“I’ve taught every grade other than kindergarten,” Paasch said. “I’ve enjoyed working with the people and children in North Bend. It’s been a good place to work. They have a value for education (that) makes it a nice place to work.”

“Day by day, it’s a new experience,” Paasch said. “From the time you get in the classroom until the time to go home. Every day is a new experience because the students make it that way. You never know exactly what’s going to happen. Some days its a joyful day, and some days it’s not.”

Her favorite part of teaching is watching the kids succeed.


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