Sister Rosemary Sieg, of the Congregation of St. Joseph, was honored last week for completing 60 years of teaching in the Catholic schools of the Diocese of Wichita.
Sister Rosemary, an alumna of St. Mary School in Newton, has taught there since 1984. She began her teaching career in 1955 at St. Mary School in Parsons and has taught at St. Anthony, Wichita; St. Anthony, Wellington; St. Mary’s Cathedral; St. Jude and Blessed Sacrament, Wichita; and St. Mary’s, Derby. She also taught in Texas for four years.
At the diocesan Teacher’s Sectional, Aug. 10 in Wichita, Sister Rosemary said she had taught every grade, kindergarten through eighth grade, and that even after 60 years, she still feels the same enthusiasm and anxiety for the first day of school.
Along with Sister Rosemary, 106 other teachers were honored for five year increments up to 40 years of service to the Catholic schools of the diocese.
Annette Dinkel Clutter, kindergarten teacher at St. Anne, Wichita was honored for 40 years of teaching in the diocese. After an initial two-year stint at Blessed Sacrament, she has taught kindergarten for 38 consecutive years at St. Anne’s.
Five teachers were honored for marking 25 years of teaching:
• John Barber, English department chair at Bishop Carroll, has taught all 25 years of his career at Bishop Carroll. In addition, he has served as a soccer coach and debate coach.
• Mary Jo Hunninghake, 25 years at Blessed Sacrament, Wichita. She currently teaches second grade.
• Michael Laubhan, 25 years at Bishop Carroll, after eight years in public education. Laubhan has taught history, geography, and physical education while serving as an assistant football coach.
• Mike Skaggs, now at Bishop Carroll. He previously taught elementary school at St. Francis of Assisi and St. Elizabeth Seton. He is a former assistant principal at St. Thomas Aquinas and for five years served as principal of St. Jude, all in Wichita. Since 2013, Skaggs has taught social studies and coached soccer at Bishop Carroll.
• Janet Walsh has taught in four diocesan schools since 1980: St. Joseph, McPherson; and three Wichita schools, St. Jude, St. Francis of Assisi, and, since 2013, Resurrection. She is also the mother of Fr. Andy Walsh, a diocesan priest.