Anderson leaves LCS after 33 years

Monday, June 20, 2022

LE MARS — Amy Anderson says it’s “just time for a new adventure,” as she prepares to retire from her position as Le Mars Community Middle School art teacher.

Anderson, who lives in Sioux City, has been with the district for 33 years.

“Yes, I have commuted to Le Mars for 33 years in all kinds of weather,” she said. “I really did love the drives to prepare and debrief my brain to and from work.”

Anderson graduated from Morningside College in 1989, and began teaching at all the Le Mars elementary schools — Kluckhohn, Franklin, Clark in Le Mars and Kissinger in Merrill.

“After 18 years, in 2008, I moved to the middle school art position and have taught there for 14 years,” she said.

Her husband, Matt, is the Sioux City Public Museum curator. They have a daughter, Zoe, who is a sophomore at West High School and a son, Miles, who is a seventh grader at West Middle School.

Anderson said she plans to help her parents out when needed.

She also plans to teach private art lessons and “make my own art.”

She has an interesting answer when asked about what she is most looking forward to in retirement.

“Drinking water all day, and being able to go to the restroom whenever I please and no more leg cramps at night. Ya,” she said.

Anderson has some thank yous to shout out.

“I would like to thank all of the amazing teachers I have had the pleasure of knowing,” she said. “Le Mars is lucky to have such amazing and caring teachers in their district. I especially would like to thank my hallway neighbors, retired teacher Rosemary Cronin, Amy Kelly and Nancy Ewing, for making my middle school career the best.”

She added she has so many great and memorable moments in the 33 years she has taught.

“I think the funniest part of my job is talking to former students,” she shared.

Why is this funny?

“They always remember odd things. The music I played in class, something I said or clothing I wore to school. Very rarely anything art related. Ha! I love it,” she said.

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