The North Bend Eagle


NBC retirees leave behind 154 years in district

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 4/29/20

When Steve Richardson interviewed for a job at North Bend Central in 1979, principal Henry Nelson asked him a longevity question.

Years later he ran into Nelson and said that he did it. Did what? Nelson asked

“‘When you interviewed me for the job, you asked if I would stay for 17 years. Well, it has been 18,’” Richardson told him. “We both laughed about it. I never thought it would turn into 41.”

Richardson, a graduate of Wahoo High and UNL, began his 43-year career in David City before spending the next 41 in North Bend. He retire with lots of good memories.

“Teaching biology is what I do,” Richardson said. “The day I started teaching at NBC was a big highlight. When you stay in a place for 41 years, there must be something special about that place. The biggest highlight would be watching this school grow academically, particularly the last 15 years. That was due to some great leadership driven by teachers, administrators, board members and parents investing in their school.”

Richardson has coached in many areas, including serving as head girls basketball coach for seven years in the late ‘80s to mid ‘90s which included three conference championships and a No. 4 state rating. He coached junior high boys basketball for the last 22 years and spent 26 years coacing junior high track.

He also had stints coaching varsity football and varsity track.

A special memory Richardson has is of taking a group of senior girls to state in basketball when he assisted coach Karen Nicodemus.

“Being a coach, I will miss the competition of coaching,” he said. “I receive no greater reward than watching a kid achieve and how excited they would get when they did something they worked for. But I know that I will get to continue watching these kids in the future. “

Richardson complimented the kids and staff who keep his job enjoyable...

Susan Baumgartner has taught 42 years, 39 of those in North Bend schools. Her first 19 years were at District 92 Tower School where she taught Kindergarten. After the district reorganized she became the Title I teacher, a position she held for 20 years. The first few years this included not only North Bend Elementary but also the remaining feeder schools until they closed.

A graduate of Dana College, Baumgartner has her undergraduate degree in elementary education with SPED endorsement, later earning a masters and early childhood endorsement from Doane.

As the Title I teacher herjob was to provide extra reading support during small group instruction and intervention time, mostly working with K-2 students. She also helped with the backpack food program. Baumgartner says she will miss the kids the most.

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