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Inspiring pirates leaving a legacy

As the school year comes to an end, Marshfield High School students and staff say goodbye to some beloved teachers and staff who have decided to retire or pursue other career options. Those moving on after graduation are English teacher Marcia Stewart-Warren, secretary Kristi Shaffer, band director Ken Chaney, and accompanist Jeffrey Varga. 

They have devoted endless time to teaching and helping the students at MHS and will leave a lasting impact on the school community. They have inspired students to achieve their goals, and their dedication to the school and students will be missed when they are gone. 

Each of these individuals had a unique experience in Coos Bay School District and Oregon’s Bay Area, working among several different schools and inspiring youth for years to come. 

“I worked at Millicoma in 2014-2015,” said Kristi Shaffer, who has recently called student services her home. “Then I came up to Marshfield in 2015-2016.” 

Shaffer is leaving Marshfield to pursue other career aspirations. She also has two grown kids, both former MHS graduates, who keep her busy traveling.

“This would be my 4th year working at Marshfield,” said Chaney, who is leaving due to some health complications.

During his time at MHS, Chaney saw the band program through the pandemic, helping it rebound after COVID-19 limited school activities. 

While not a traditional full-time employee at MHS, Varga has been in the district for approximately two years, helping between different schools.

“I’ve been working with the district since October 2021,” he said. “I mostly play the piano and help wherever help is needed. I do teach piano lessons on the side. 

Stewart-Warren is retiring this year after a long career teaching, both in Southern Oregon, and on the coast. She taught English for North Bend School District before finding a home at MHS and has coached speech & debate throughout the state. 

“I’ve been teaching at Marshfield for around 6 or 7 years, in general,” she said. “I’ve been teaching for 33 years.” 

Regardless of the different duties each of these positions entails that they all have one thing in common–working with students. To keep going with positivity and determination, these staff members all focused on their favorite subjects and activities. Stewart-Warren enjoyed just being around the students and getting energized by their interactions. Shaffer enjoyed seeing the students grow throughout the school year.

“One of my highlights was always going on the state trips,” said Varga. “For the concert choir, we went to Corvallis for state, which Is always fun.” 

Saying farewell to retiring or departing teachers and staff is indeed a bittersweet experience. It’s a time to recognize and honor the significant contributions they have made over the years. These individuals have dedicated their time, knowledge, and energy to shaping the lives of students and fostering a positive learning environment.

As we say goodbye to them, let’s pause for a moment to ponder the influence they’ve had on our school community. Their unwavering commitment, enthusiasm, and proficiency have undoubtedly impacted numerous students, aiding them in their academic, emotional, and social growth. Their devotion to education and their ability to motivate has left an unforgettable impression on the lives of those they’ve taught and collaborated with.

To the retiring or departing teachers and staff, thank you for your years of service, your passion for education, and the positive difference you have made. You will always hold a special place in our hearts, and your contributions will be remembered and celebrated. Goodbye, and may your journey ahead be filled with happiness and continued success.

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Sophomore Maitea Zatica is a second year journalism reporter. This year, Maitea is a part of the website team. She has taken a break from sports this year. In her free time, Maitea loves going to Sunset Bay, going swimming, walking, driving around, watching movies, and reading. She also loves hanging out with her friends and going out to eat. Now, also driving around with her permit, set to get her license in August 2024. Maitea used to live in Boise Idaho and went to Lowell Scott Middle School before moving here in October 2021. She also used to participate in Basque dancing in downtown Boise Idaho on the Basque Block and also got to participate in festivals and activities surrounding the Basque community. Maitea is also a part of the ASB Leadership team as a 10th Grade Representative. Next year, Maitea plans to run for a higher position in ASB and also plans to run to be a page editor for journalism in the 2023-2024 school year.
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