Angeline School and Industries said goodbye to long-time coach and teacher Therese “Bucko” Barron and early intervention specialist Marsha Rump during a reception Friday afternoon. Both women are retiring.
“It goes without saying what a tremendous impact both of these teachers have had on students and families throughout their careers,” Superintendent Todd Dilley said. “On behalf of all of us here at Angeline, we thank you for the important work that you do. We wish you the absolute best in your retirement and we will miss you.”
Barron has worked at Angeline for 27 years. Her last day in the classroom is Thursday, but she will continue as coach and coordinator of the Wyandot County Special Olympics.
“I’m going to miss the people,” Barron said. “I have been really lucky in my career because I’ve been in about every position here (at Angeline) and I get to work with all different levels of kids, from 0-2 all the way up to the adults. … I wouldn’t have been here this long if I didn’t like the job. It’s a great job.”
Rump has worked at Angeline for eight years. Her last day is May 31.
“I’ll miss the kids and all the people in the workshop,” Rump said. “… I thank all the people in Wyandot County. I’ve loved my time here.”
Current and former students, family, friends and co-workers came out to celebrate with the new retirees.
“(Barron) was a great teacher and she just really helped me out with a lot of different things,” former student Lucas Wickiser said. “I remember the most important thing she helped me out with, even though I was little and my memory isn’t as good as it should be, she helped me with my first steps. I was really grateful for that. It’s just one of the many things she did. She was just a great teacher and a great helper and a really big force in everyone’s lives here (at Angeline).”
“Good luck, Bucko,” added former student Ashley Beamer. “Thanks for helping me learn how to drive my first wheelchair. She was an awesome gym teacher.”
Anne Denman used to work with Rump in her former job at Help Me Grow.
“She’s done a wonderful job with all the kids and the infants and toddlers in Wyandot County,” Denman said about Rump. “We’re sure going to miss her. It’s going to be hard to fill her shoes, but we wish her the best.”
Both teachers received an etched glass plaque and a resolution from the Wyandot County Board of Developmental Disabilities acknowledging their years of service.
“It’s going to be hard to imagine the place without Marsha or Coach Barron around,” Dilley said.
Barron said she plans to learn to play golf in her spare time. As for Rump, her work with children with disabilities will continue.
“I’m going to work part-time as a play consultant,” Rump said. “It’s play and language for autistic youngsters. I will do it in the home, working with the parents and the kids.”
By CHANDA NEELY