Leaving a legacy

Scott, Tolle, Warden retire

Natalie Kuhn

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Just as in almost all other circumstances in life, all good things must come to an end. This year marks the retirement of multiple noteworthy teachers, including history and social studies teacher Grant Scott, math teacher Randy Tolle and special education coordinator Perry Warden.

Scott’s retirement from his 28 year teaching career followed his retirement from coaching both the girls and boy tennis teams for 23 years last fall.

“It’s great to coach people who pushed themselves to achieve at the highest level and then go on to have great success at the collegiate level and in their professional lives,” Scott said. “I think that is really what teaching and coaching are all about.”

Often times, teachers who coach athletes on the court will also have them in class. Senior Joel Golubski has played tennis for three years and has had Scott as an assistant coach for two of those years.

“Both with history and tennis, he has a lot of wisdom and good valuable knowledge. He teaches everything he knows to his students and his players when he’s coaching.” Golubski said.

In addition to Scott, Tolle is withdrawing from his position after 37 years of teaching with plans for home renovation and travel. Apart from teaching, Tolle served as athletic trainer for 35 years, ending his role after the 2016-17 school year, but leaving a great impact on students’ lives. Senior Aspen Olson has had Tolle as her teacher since sophomore year.

“It’s sad that Tolle is retiring but he’s has been here a long time and he’s worked with a lot of students in math classes and as the trainer,” Olson said.

Alongside Scott and Tolle, Perry Warden is making his exit from NHS this year after serving as the special education coordinator and a coach for the boys golf team for two years.

“I guess I’m the organizer of the whole bit. I work with the kids and getting paid positions or job experience while in school,” Warden said. “Working with kids that have special needs, it’s always awesome.”

Not only do students get to see the differences teachers make within the school environment, but colleagues witness changes too. Scott has worked alongside history and social studies teacher Brian Kennell for 15 years.

“An interesting thing for me was the students who come back and see [Grant Scott] or email him, they often make those connections around Christmas time,” Kennell said.

Even though the current retirees come from different areas of the school, there is a common consensus of students being the main contributing factor to positive memories within their careers.

“I think a highlight for every teacher is seeing what students go on and do with their lives and careers after high school,” Scott said.