Lamb bids farewell after 34 years at Remsen-Union
REMSEN — She began her teaching career 34 years ago when she took a job with the Remsen-Union School District as an elementary teacher in the fall of 1988.
Now at the conclusion of the 2021-22 school year, Laurie Lamb is officially retired, ending her career as a third grade teacher.
“I decided to retire because I’m eligible, and because I can,” Lamb said.
Lamb took her first position after graduating from Westmar College.
“I have held various teaching positions and roles throughout my 34 years in the district. I have taught first, third, fifth and sixth grade. I have also taught Talented and Gifted students, At-Risk students, Character Counts, directed high school plays and musicals, and coached 6th and 7th grade Math Bee students. I have enjoyed each teaching position and working with students,” Lamb said.
Enjoying Newfound Free Time
She indicated she has no definite plans for her retirement, but said she does hope to travel.
“I am most looking forward to spending time with my friends and family,” she said. “I might write a book or two.”
That time with her family will include some grandma time.
“I am happily married to David Lamb. We’ve been married for 33 years. He works at Sioux Automation Service Trucks and Tiger Cranes in Sioux Center. We have three beautiful daughters,” she said.
Their oldest daughter is Daisy Lamb and her three children: Laila 7, Lenna 4, and Siah 1; their middle daughter, Marcy Lamb and her three children: Sophia 8, Vanity 6, and Samara 3; and their youngest daughter, Janet who is married to Levi Price. They have two children: Arizona 2, and Royce 2 months.
Thankful for Her Mentors
Lamb said there were many teachers who influenced her life and inspired her to become a teacher and has very fond memories of them.
“I have vivid memories from my early learning experiences at Hinton Community Schools. I remember the following role models: Mrs. Ideker, Mrs. Lang, Mrs. Pilgrim, Miss Moffatt and Mrs. Law.
“Next my inspirations were special teachers from Gehlen. I developed my love for learning from teachers: Mrs. Moir, Mrs. O’Kane, Miss Vondrak (Mrs. Goebel), Mrs. Mura, Mrs. Hartman, Mrs. Bickford, Mr. Stowe, Sister Jean, Sister Elizabeth, Mr. Fox, Mrs. Lorie Nussbaum, Mrs. Mary Jane Tapper, Mrs. Jane Lenz, Mr. Mueller, Mr. Sievert, Mr. Simon, Miss Carla Wilde, Sister Beatrice, Father McGuirk, Father Slaven, and Father Fairfield,” she continued.
“My college professors were great influencers, too. Some of those included; Carol Lange, Frank Summerside, and Dr. LaPlante. I have had great teacher role models and worked with remarkable administrators, colleagues and coworkers. I hope that the students that I have taught remember me fondly,” Lamb said.
Will Carry Her Students With Her Always
Lamb said Remsen-Union and MMCRU will always hold a special place in her heart.
“I am going to miss teaching; especially students and the many meaningful relationships and memories of Remsen-Union/MMCRU Royals,” she concluded.