After teaching thousands of children ABCs and to love Jesus, 33 educators are retiring

Janet Walsh and Pat Dittemore from St. Joseph Catholic School in Wichita are two of the 33 Catholic school educators retiring this year after serving thousands of children of the faithful for nearly six centuries of total service. (Advance photo)

After teaching thousands of children ABCs and to love Jesus, 33 educators are retiring

Thirty-three educators are retiring from diocesan Catholic schools this year.

Superintendent of Catholic School Janet Eaton said as a group they have served a total of 577 years.

“Over these years they have had the pride of working in great schools with amazing colleagues, the joy of partnering with thousands of parents in educating their children, and most importantly they have had the privilege of walking in faith with young students in their development and love for Jesus Christ,” she said.

“As a diocese, we are grateful for their many days of work – from the days when they rejoiced over the achievement of their students to the days when they may have cried over the challenges that a student was experiencing.

“The individuals who are retiring from our diocese this year represent an incredible tenure. We have been blessed by their dedication, passion, expertise, and example of truly living Alive in Christ.”
Here are those retiring and the school they most recently served:

Bishop Carroll, Wichita
Vanessa Harshberger, Karen Line

Blessed Sacrament, Wichita
Kerry Seiwert

St. Mary’s Colgan, Pittsburg
Bev Mitchelson

Christ the King, Wichita
Jolene Mainzer

Holy Savior, Wichita
Warren Brice

Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School, Wichita
Tim Hieber, Darla Strecker

St. Cecilia, Haysville
Jane Betzen, Shelley Hewett, Jamie Auch, Chris Showalter

St. Anne School, Wichita
Gerry Hamilton

St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita
Janet Tschosik, Sonya Carrillo

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
LeAnn Capps, Jim Foltz

St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita
Cindy Goodwin

St. Joseph, Wichita
Pat Dittemore, Ellen Albert, Janet Walsh

St. Joseph, McPherson
LaReta Olson

St. Jude, Wichita
Bob Lyall, Beverly Kilian

St. Margaret Mary, Wichita
Nelly Espinosa

St. Mary, Derby
Richard Montgomery, JoAnne Gutierrez, Jim Maxton

St. Mary, Newton
Mark Middlemist, Jan Ruxton

St. Patrick, Kingman
Jeralyn Hill

St. Patrick, Parsons
Carilyn Bernd

St. Patrick, Wichita
Kim Decker