Exemplary Educator Retires

Exemplary Educator Retires

The Keystone family would like to bid farewell and good luck to Keystone Middle School teacher Kim Sturgill.

Since 1983, Kim Sturgill has been a dedicated and committed educator. Kim began her extensive career in education working as a middle school teacher at Longfellow in Lorain. The next year, Kim worked with high school students at Murray Ridge School as their Work Skills Coordinator, and then moved on to teach for 8 years in Parma’s elementary school.

Keystone has been blessed to be working with Kim since 1994. At our District she has served in a variety of positions, working with special needs students in a variety of roles and serving in her present position as our 6th grade science teacher since 1997.

Reflecting on her career, Kim notes that there are many aspects to Keystone that make it a great place to work, including the students she has had throughout the years as well as her colleagues. Keystone’s culture is also unique, she states. “Keystone is different in many ways from other schools in that it is almost a different world unto itself. Here, kids belong to us, we care about them not just in the classroom but in their world.” She continues, “Working with a small town community was certainly different from what I was used to, but I am grateful for the caring that goes on here.”

Upon her retirement, Kim states, “I will miss my colleagues; I am in awe of the teachers that work here. I will miss the laughter the most, the belly laughs that you think about long after the incident, the kind that are making me smile as I write this. Teachers here support each other and make each other laugh, even in the hard times when laughing is the last thing you think of and then, someone makes a joke and we laugh, loud and silly laughter that turns the situation around.”

Kim will also miss taking students to Camp Nuhop and learning about them outside of the classroom. She loves watching them experience for themselves what they are capable of.

She has many, many fond memories at Keystone, and to share just a few, she recalls working on the third floor of the old Middle School. “We had some great times there. Tim Jenkins had bad knees so he rarely came up the flights of stairs to check on us - in the spring we had water gun wars with kids and staff, glitter tossing (my personal hatred but fond memory) and our own kind of drills!”

Laughing, she recounts, “climbing in the window at the old High School. Terri Schreiber was locked out, and Joe Huttinger and I helped her climb in a window in the storage area of the art room. It was unlocked, but painted shut, but I was able to pry it open.  Her escape was to stand on unpacked boxes and climb back out through the window. It still makes me laugh - her climbing in the window in her skirt, us laughing trying to push her through the window, and being sent to Dr. Freidt's office for our actions. I had to agree to never do this again but as I said it, I knew I would probably consider it due to my "thinking outside the box" attitude.”

“I loved teaching science to my own children, neighbor children, and children of our friends. It was an honor to teach children my love of science and sometimes when they come back with a ‘remember when we did this in science with mom, or your mom,’ it makes my heart happy.”

Thank you Kim. We hope you have many more experiences in your retirement that make your heart happy.