Letsche is ready for new chapter

Thursday, May 26, 2022
Julie Letsche

MARCUS — The MMCRU Elementary School in Marcus will be saying good-bye to longtime first grade teacher Julie Letsche as she retires at the end of the 2021-22 school year.

"I have thought about it for the last couple of years but I feel good about it now," she said of her decision to retire. "Another teacher will be ready to take over my classroom while I am ready to spend more time being a wife, mom, grandma, daughter, and friend."

Letsche was hired by the Marcus School District in 1985.

"I taught first grade for two years, Title One reading for eight years, second grade for two years, then back to first grade for the last 25 years for a total of 37 years," she explained.

While she won't have a class to call her own, Letsche will still keep her finger on the pulse of education as she plans to supervise student teachers as well as substitute teach.

However, there is a list of other plans for retirement, too.

"I am planning to help my husband farm, help with my grandchildren, spend more time with family and friends, volunteer at school and with other organizations, and be free to take road trips. I have lots of home projects I want to tackle and a long list of other activities," she said.

What Does Her Future Hold

What is she most looking forward to about retirement?

"I am looking forward to having a flexible schedule," she emphasized. "I am anxious to be able to help out my parents, in-laws, children, and grandchildren in many ways."

That family list starts with her husband, Jeff, to whom she has been married for 37 years.

Their son, Ben, and his wife, Gillian, live in Marcus and have four children, Sydney, Syerra, Jack, and Savannah. Their son, Nick, and his wife, Kristi, live on a farm near Meriden and have four children, Henry, Ronen, Blake, and Halle. Their daughter, Jillian, and her husband, Taylor Klingenberg, live in George and are expecting their first child in November.

While students have memories of their favorite teacher, teachers have some most memorable moments, too. Letsche talked about hers.

"My goal for every one of my students throughout the years has been for them to love learning. Learning from books, each other, myself, and their families. I love their excitement for a new book, their wonder in discovering something new, and their pride in mastering so many new skills," she said. “So my most memorable moments are getting to witness this joy through the eyes of a child over and over again. It never gets old.”

A Farewell Message

Letsche can't leave the school without handing out some special thank yous.

"I would like to thank all the amazing students, parents, and fellow staff members I have been able to work with over the years. It has been a very big blessing in my life to be able to teach. I would also like to thank my family for putting up with my late nights and many extra hours of working at school," she concluded.