Celebrating Our Retirees!

Celebrating our Retirees
Posted on 05/26/2021
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Three longtime employees of the Indian Lake School District are retiring at the conclusion of the 2020-21 school year. Indian Lake Elementary recently hosted a special breakfast for Guidance Counselor Suzy Mallory and Kindergarten Teacher Paula Fout. In addition, Co-Principal Jeff Reprogle received several special snacks and offerings during his last official week with students.
Co-Principal Molly Hall says, "Everything they've done for our students and community is incredible. We've been blessed by them!"

Paula Fout
Paula Fout has been an elementary teacher for 18 years and she retired from her kindergarten class earlier this school year. 
Fout recalled her difficult childhood, battling homelessness and substance abuse in her family, knowing many IL students face similar challenges. 
"Just keep giving them a smile and a wink. They'll make it, these kids. I'm proof of that," Fout said. 

Suzy Mallory
In trademark fashion, Suzy Mallory offered a handout entitled "Interesting, Silly, Odd, Funny and Sad Take-Aways from 38 Years in Education at the Elementary Level."
She said, "It's just things I've kept through my many years and wanted to share." 
Mallory has counseled Indian Lake children for nearly four decades. She founded the ILES Clothes Closet, where students can grab any kind of clothing or school supply they need. She also created specialized lunch-time counseling groups with kids who are experiencing a parental divorce, death of a close family member, sibling with special needs or anger management issues, to name a few. She has also paired up with the "I Care Cat" puppet for many years to teach children how to treat their friends. Mallory plans to continue volunteering at the Outreach Centers, but spend more time with her family and in the garden during retirement. 

Jeff Reprogle
Finally, Co-Principal Jeff Reprogle is wrapping up 34 years in education. He has served as a special education teacher, guidance counselor, director of special education, coach and administrator. 
He says, "To me, to see a kid succeed in life...what other job in the world is that rewarding?"
In retirement, Reprogle plans to keep busy because he says he "can't sit still." He will continue to landscape and cater with his son, perhaps someday find a job in retirement where he can help kids in some way.