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S: Kathy Peterson ~ Century High School ~ 2010-2011

FC: 2010-2011

1: Dear Kathy, We will miss you and wish you all the best in your new adventure. Love, the English Department

2: I guess we all share the same thoughts about Kathy—classy, professional, poised, and a genuine person. ~ Shelly Kinn

3: Kathy....best of luck in your new endeavors and Mary and I would like to wish you and your husband countless blessings as you start a new segment of your life. ~ Ron & Mary Wingenbach | I have had a great time teaching next door to you. I wish Kassidy would have had you for class like Ashlee did. Ashlee has such great memories of Pageant. ~ Perry Lee | Grace under pressure.....When I didn't know Kathy very well, I thought she was perfect. Now I know she is just 95% perfect. Very few times has Kathy badmouthed anyone, and when she does I sit up and pay attention because it must be worth listening to. She is someone who has devoted her life to teaching, but yet has a rich life out of school as well. I need to do more of that. I have also loved commiserating with her about our overworked, perfectionist daughters but also loved being able to share their triumphs and accomplishments. ~ Gail Beaudoin | I would like to wish you the best in your retirement. It has been a pleasure to work with you the last twelve years. Best wishes! ~ Lee Ziegler

4: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Kathy, You are brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous! Your light will continue to shine in the lives of many students for years to come. I have always admired you for your poise and professionalism. You have been an anchor of consistency in the English Department. Your heart for your students has always been clear to your students and your colleagues. I will miss you, Kathy. Thank you for always taking the time to answer questions and help when I needed it. Especially when I was new to the department. I wish you the best in your retirement and look forward to hearing fun stories of your adventures. ~ Sue Skalisky | Sue Skalicky

5: Kathy winning the Golden Apple Award

6: She is the rock of this English department. No one is more respected than Mrs. Kathy Peterson. She is the definition of class. Her photo-graph should appear next to the word in the dictionary! I feel like we are losing the First Lady of Century High School. She is irreplaceable. | Nicole Poolman | I remember all of the political parades we attended together over the years... I would show up blimped-out, nine months pregnant, trying to console the screaming, over-heated kids, forgetting the sunscreen and watching them burn, all the while yelling at them to "STOP EATING THE CANDY!" And then Kathy and Brynn would show up in freshly pressed, matching capri pants and crisp, matching polos. She would calmly open the hatch of the jeep to reveal adorable candy baskets with bows. Yep... That was Kathy... That will ALWAYS be Kathy. ~ Nicole Poolman | What is your favorite Kathy story?

7: Kathy, In the summer of 2000, I got a phone call from an English teacher at Century High School telling me that she would be my mentor for the upcoming school year – my first year of teaching. Little did I know what a profound impact that woman, you, would have on me – both personally and professionally. You welcomed me. You mentored me. You took me under your wing. We spent hours together at “Project Launch” drinking coffee, talking about school, and getting to know one another. From that first year, Kathy, I always knew I could come to you for any reason and never worry about being judged. I wouldn’t have made it through my first year without you, and I wonder how I will make it without you yet. I will miss you for so many reasons -- our weekly Dancing with the Stars and American Idol critiques, our shared passion for music of all kinds, your voice of reason, the interest you show in my family, your willingness to share, and yes, even your Johnny Depp posters. Kathy, you are a class act and though I will miss you, I am so happy for you. Enjoy your gardening, your traveling, your time to read and enjoy life. I love you like family. ~ Karri Landeis

8: Mrs. Peterson, I hope you enjoy your retirement as much or if not more than you seemed to enjoy your work. ~ Brad Townsend | Kathy, You have been a friend, a mentor, and an inspiration. I'll miss our conversations - sometimes serious, sometimes funny, but always meaningful. In addition to being a wonderful role model as a teacher, you have been a role model as a mother and wife. You have such an amazing way with all people, including students. They learn from you, they respect you, and they adore you. Then again, how could they not? ~ Bev Jundt

9: As one of Kathy's former students and now as a colleague, I can say with authority that Kathy not only knows her business of teaching English, but she is good at what she does. Students respect her, her colleagues go to her for advice, and everyone has benefited from her. I remember the conflicts I felt as I read The Fall of the House of Usher in her class, and I enjoyed her delivery of the Fireside Poets. Now that I have become an English teacher, I thank teachers like Kathy for the impact they have had on my life and growth. Century will miss her tremendously! ~ Megan Sletten

10: “Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.” ~ Langston Hughes

11: Kathy, Throughout these last twenty three years that I have known you, you have been our steady, calm and consistent presence – we will miss your wisdom and grace. You had a way of taking us back to the way things used to be, the way things should be – the days when cakes were made from scratch, when civility to all and from all was the expectation, when PLC was not an acronym because it was natural to share, when differentiated instruction didn’t have a name but just happen because you knew each student brought different needs and understanding to the classroom. You take us back to the days when treating everyone, young and old, with kindness was the norm. Kathy, you also remind us of what a healthy balance of school and family should look like, should feel like. Retirement will look so good on you. Here’s to life, to health, to “sucking the marrow out of life.” ~ Mary Palmer

12: A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. ~ Henry Brooks Adams | Dear Kathy, I was honored to know you and to put this book together. I was able to not only share with you the great impact that you had upon me but also be able to share with you how you have influenced us all. Everyone you have touched has been so excited to help with this project and to reflect back the love that you have shown them. When I took your classes on my not so secret mission for this book, I had forgotten it was April 1st. I told them that they had the opportunity to help me with this scrapbook to help you celebrate your teaching career. They wouldn't believe me that you were retiring and thought I was pranking them. You should have see their faces when it finally sank in that I was being serious. I thought some of them were going to cry. They were a somber bunch as we walked to the computer lab. However, their faces brightened as they began discussing their memories of your classes and sharing their experiences. I'm so very glad that I got the privilege to be able to student teach with you and to be on the same staff. You are such an amazing teacher, and thank you for helping me in my first years teaching. I enjoyed sharing a room with you and having the same prep. period. Thank you for sharing your life stories, your kindness. and your wonderful heart. I've thoroughly enjoyed our chats. Thank you for everything. Thank you especially for being a shining role model that embodies everything a teacher ought to be and more. Also, thank you for my student teaching scrapbook. Keep in touch. Love, Mary Van

13: MAKING MEMORIES | What has Kathy taught you? | That I can be in a good mood every day! ~ Brad Townsend | To keep a positive attitude and enjoy life. ~ Lori Quintus | How to approach each day with grace. ~ Perry Lee | A kind word and patience goes a long way when dealing with students and fellow teachers. ~ Lee Ziegler | Always smile. ~ Kelli Waddingham | Kathy has taught me to smile every day regardless of the present state of affairs. She always is very cheerful/friendly to the staff and I'm sure she treats her students with the same amount of respect!! ~ Ron Wingenbach | Kathy has taught me "grace under pressure," how to be honest without being too curt, and how to be classy.....I haven't always been a good student! ~ Bev Jundt | She has shown me what a true professional someone can be. ~ Paulette Kerzmann | Kathy has truly been a role model for me as a teacher and as a person. She is well-liked and respected by her colleagues and her students. ~ Jesse Armstrong | The beauty of grace. ~ Deb Ketterling | I look to Kathy to provide professional, political, and personal advice. She is more than just a coworker; she is a friend. She is the one who taught me that expecting excellent behavior and impeccable manners from my students is not only acceptable, it is a necessary part of their education. ~ Nicole Poolman

15: Kathy's Classroom | Kathy working diligently at her desk in the English Office | One thing I'll always remember is Kathy's flair for decorating. Her room fostered an atmosphere of creativity and inspiration. It had a very calming quality which could make even a Monday morning seem cheery. - Mary Van

16: What will you remember the most about Kathy? | Her warm greetings every time I passed her in the hall! ~ Brad Townsend | That she always showed her classy side - what a great way to live life! ~ Lori Quintus | Kathy always maintained a positive attitude, took time to get to know her students, and excelled at motivating some of our "more challenging" students. ~ Mark Murdock | I always enjoyed seeing Mrs. Peterson because she had a smile on her face and truly enjoyed teaching and being at CHS! ~ Lee Ziegler | I will always remember your smiling face and kind words! Take care and enjoy yourself! ~ Randy Hilzendeger | Kathy will always be remembered for the smile on her face and her always saying "Good Morning" to me when we would meet in the hall. ~ Ryan Riehl | We work in different corners of the building, so we rarely see each other. But Mrs. Peterson always had a kind, sincere "hello" for me when she saw me. When I was new, the first year was tough and this greeting always made me feel welcomed. ~ Laurie Foerderer | She will always take time out of her day to help students and teachers any way she can. She has a great sense of humor and a wonderful smile. ~ Brent Ruff | I will remember how she carries herself- always calm and collected. She never gets too upset about anything. She is always pleasant to talk to. ~ Troy Olson | She was always cheerful, happy, and friendly, and her first concern was always the kids. ~ Jill Bushaw | I don't think I ever heard Mrs. Peterson complain. She always has a positive, professional attitude. I will remember her for her style, caring attitude and the fabulous ladies Christmas parties she hosted! ~ Dawn Sauer

17: Kathy is one of the most poised, tactful people I know. Her grace and class is apparent in both her actions and her speech. I have always admired Kathy for those qualities. You will be greatly missed in the English department, Kathy. You may not have realized it, but you have been a role model for me throughout my time at here at Century. ~ Jesse Armstrong | Her charming personality, warm smile and her wisdom. ~ Paulette Kerzmann | Mrs. Peterson was always there to help no matter what. In all the years I have known her, I have never heard her tell anyone "no". Mrs. Peterson is a very refined lady and a blast to be around. She is always smiling!!! ~ Nancy Schroeder | I'll remember her infectious smile and the many poignant remarks she had for her students. ~ Bev Jundt | I will always remember discussing the latest episodes of Survivor and the Bachelor with her in the halls. ~ Andee Woodmansee

18: so many | Kathy, Have a great retirement! You deserve it. You will be missed. I want to thank you for personally helping me out while I was going through my masters program. You made a great student!! ~ Brent Ruff | Thank you for your dedicated years of service and commitment to enriching the lives of our students. I hope you enjoy retirement. ~ Mark Murdock | What I knew about you was your endlessly beaming smile; it had shown so bright that it burned a permanent image in my memory. Thanks for always being so bright and cheery!! ~ Michael Walz | What will we do with no one to decorate and insist on beauty? ~ Gail Beaudoin

19: Kathy has been the utmost professional at CHS for as long as I can remember her employed here. I wish my children would have got to experience her teaching abilities in one of her classes. ~ Ron Wingenbach | LIVE WELL LAUGH OFTEN LOVE MUCH | Enjoy your retirement. Do all things you have not had time to do and remember you will be thought of often. ~ Ryan Riehl | You will be truly missed here at CHS. It has been a pleasure getting to know you these past years. I will miss your friendly smile every day and your positive outlook on life. I wish you the best...enjoy! ~ Paulette Kerzmann | Kathy: I will miss seeing your smiling face each day. You are so deserving of this retirement and I am very happy for you. Enjoy each day and do what you want - maybe nothing at all. Please stop in and see us! ~ Nancy Schroeder | CHS will miss you - you have left some very large shoes to fill! Enjoy all your free time! ~ Jill Bushaw | Congratulations on your retirement. Now is the time to enjoy all the things you never had time to do when you worked. I have enjoyed working with you. CHS will not be the same without you. You will be remembered with elegance and grace. ~ Deb Ketterling

20: What will you remember the most about Kathy? | The fresh flowers on her table during teacher confer- ences and the honey she always brought me from her moth- er's farm. ~ Pat Benson

21: Her smile and how she says, "North Dakota" ~ Perry Lee | What a great dresser...shop at Talbots. ~ Kelli Waddingham | Kathy, Eleven years ago, I had the pleasure of being a student teacher with Jan and you in American Pageant. Throughout my student teaching experience and still today, I am truly impressed with your patience and your ability to handle every situation with an enormous amount of class. Over the past ten years, I have privileged to call you my co-worker. I am honored to have worked with you in a variety of capacities, whether it is on a committee, with a particular group or as a trusted friend offering advice on this journey. You have always been willing to help me out in any possible way. For that I am truly grateful. Although I will miss our daily “good mornings” and “good nights” as we pass in the hallway, I wish you the best in your journey through retirement. Relax and enjoy yourself. You deserve it! With gratitude, Vanessa DeCoteau | I am so glad I have had a chance to really get to know her the last couple years. ~ Gail Beaudoin

22: Trick or Treat

23: I loved her witch costume at Halloween! ~ Jill Bushaw

24: Co-teachers | Jan and Kathy

26: a letter of graditude

27: It's The Little Things In Life That Matter | Pageant 2010-2011

28: What will you remember about Mrs. Peterson? | I will remember her reading newspaper articles at the beggining of class! ~ Austin Rasmusson | Her ability to hear everything ~ Tyler Bolme | Her generosity and selfless teaching. ~ Jordan Freitag | I will always remember her smile! she is always smiling and even when she was mad she still tries to smile and make everything better! ~ Dawson Rogstad | I will always remember how much Mrs.Peterson cared about her students, and how she always wanted what was best for them. I will also remember all of her cute little stories she told us during class! ~ Charlene Hanes | Her insane ability to make anyone laugh. ~ David Tipton | How much she really enjoys teaching students. And how much she gets into the teaching of poetry and literature. ~ Sara Waldo | How kind a patient she was. I don't think I've ever had a teacher who has been so willing to help and has taken so much time and effort into teaching each student. ~ Rachael Scott | Her English class was my most favorite english class I have ever had. ~ Cole Gross | I think that her English class was one my favorite years since I started school. ~ Dusty Day | Mrs. Peterson's outgoing personalitiy, her love for what she does, and the way she can spread her happiness to her students. She's always patient and is someone you can go to whenever you need it. ~ Mallorie Henke

29: "Teachers don't have to learn. They know everything." | Her ability to enable the life of class discussions and to be receptive of everyone's ideas. ~ Lucas Andring | That she noticed the change between the start and the end of the year. She was the one who noticed how depressed I was when I was in the Group Home. She told me that she knew that I was the kind of person that would keep fighting, no-matter what happens. ~ Christian Sterling-Height | I think that it is really cool that at the beginning of every class period, she always talked to us about what is going on in Century sports and other activities. She made sure all of the students were up to date on everything that was happening at Century and it was really nice. ~ Tom Fraase | Period 6 | Period 7

30: What has Mrs. Peterson taught you? | ALOT! From the books she had use read from The Crucible to The Scarlet Letter. The poets From Poe to Hemingway. All of which are my favorite. ~ Tyler LaFromboise | Carpe Diem! ~ Aaron Richter | She has taught me to love English. Thanks Mrs. Peterson! ~ Jordan Freitag | That no matter how hard things are in class, to never ever give up!!! ~ Dawson Rogstad | The wonderous life of exploring different pieces of many different authors and poets. ~ Emma Robideau | I humbly say that Mrs. Peterson taught me about The Crucible, which eventually became my favorite unit in English class. Daniel Day Lewis, in that movie, was exceptionally good looking for a man in his later years, and I thank Mrs. Peterson for opening my mind to said movie so I could observe this rather handsome fellow. :) ~ Mylee Schorsch | Mrs. Peterson talks to us every day about life lessons and I think it kind of helped with my daily life at high school and everywhere else. She taught us to get motivated and not just take everything for granted. Do something with our lives for peat sakes. ~ Morgan Fetch | English and how Hemingway always writes on the tip of the iceberg. ~ Thomas Hill | She's taught me that you can succeed no matter what. ~ Destinie Whitmire | How to be a kind proper person and a little bit about English. ;) ~ Marcus Dietrich | That anything and somewhat everthing that had to deal with English. ~ David Dutton | "Carpe diem," "tomato," "the bank is closed," and "horse feathers" were the best. I will never forget it. ~ Allan Larson

31: We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson | She has taught me how English literature can apply to everyday life. English has always been one of my least favorite subjects, but Mrs. Peterson taught it in a way that made it fun and easy to understand. She was very original and she always applied the poems or short stories to everyday life which made learning it a lot more meaningful. ~ Rachael Scott | To express yourself by shouting on the top of your lungs while standing on a desk. ~ Emily Tiefenthaler | She has taught me that a story is more than words on a page and how to appreciate poetry more and that it is fun. ~ Danielle Masse | Mrs. Peterson has taught me that there is many answers to every question. There is always different scenarios to everything, not always just one simple, boring thing. ~ Samantha Van Cleve | Mrs. Peterson has taught me how to have fun, how to enjoy life, and to laugh all while getting done what needs to be done and doing our work. I love the way she talks about events that go on within the school each day. She encourages us to be involved and enjoy our high school life because we only live it once. I also loved when she taught us what we should do on prom. :) ~ Mallorie Henke | During Mrs. Peterson's English class this year she has taught me how not to give up. I started writing poetry last year and I have actually gotten pretty into it. The reason this is important is because I've had some issues in my life that have been really messing with my emotions and being lately, and she told me to keep fighting. I will always remember this. ~ Christian Sterling-Height | Mrs. Peterson has taught us many life skills, and how to go on in life after we are out of high school. ~ Charlene Hanes | That explosives have no place in politics. ~ David Tipton

32: Thank you for being the coolest English teacher I have had. Ever. ~ Cole Gross | Thank you for being a wonderful and positive teacher. I will miss you and all of your crazy childhood stories and your big beautiful hair. :) ~ Marcus Dietrich | Thanks for being our 2010-2011 English teacher. I enjoyed your class very much, and you have definitely been one of my favorite teachers of this year. The last class of the day can be so hard to sit through, but I alwasy enjoyed coming to it and the time seemed to fly. We will miss you Mrs. Peterson! :) ~ Mallorie Henke | Have fun with the rest of your life, you tomato! You were my favorite teacher. ~ Allan Larson | You are my favorite teacher ever and you will be dearly missed! ~Emily Tiefenthaler | Mrs. Peterson, you are by far the best English teacher I have ever had. I enjoyed your class a lot and I will miss you. ~ Destinie Whitmire | Thank you very much for everything that you have done for me! you have truly set me up for successful life. I honestly hope to see you in later life to talk about past successes and events. ~ Christian Sterling-Height | You were the best Mrs. Peterson and were all going to miss you! ~ Tyler Bolme | I will miss you dearly :( Enjoy retirement! ~ Mylee Schorsch

33: Mrs. Peterson, I want to say that you are my captain. I like listen to you and I want to thank you for the encouragement you gave me. I don't to see you leaving. I enjoy your class and I will remember it for ever. ~ Xiaoping Ni | I will miss you Mrs. Peterson! I am extremely thankful for all that you've taught me about English and life in general. You were constantly giving us advice on how to live happy, successful lives that we can use to better our futures! Hope you have a happy retirement! ~ Erika Quist | I will always appreciate having had you as a teacher. I hope you enjoy your retirement, and I thank you so much for the wonderful year of English that you have me! P.S. Sorry you had to put up with so many goons in 6th period. :) ~ Charlene Hanes | Thank you for not only being my teacher but being such a great person to everyone! Have an adventure filled retirement! ~ Morgan Fetch | Mrs. Peterson, thank you very much for teaching English in a way I can understand it. When I had questions, you were there for me. ~ Sara Waldo | Mrs. Peterson, you were a super fun teacher to have and I loved being in your class. You know poetry and stories so well. It made things more interesting. ~ Samantha Van Cleve

34: What is your favorite story about Kathy? | The CHS Ladies Christmas parties, and Kathy reading wonderful stories to us. ~ Lori Quintus | Her story about her drawing when she was young. ~ Austin Rasmusson | I had to tell Mrs. Peterson that my mother stole my English book to page through and read it... We had a good laugh! :D ~ Emma Robideau | I just love how you take time every day to teach us some kind of life lesson, whether it is a big one, or a small little thing, they all add up, and really are amazing. I love it! ~ Charlene Hanes | I just enjoyed listening to her stories of her family. ~ Paulette Kerzmann

35: She was my Huskies Pom Pom advisor in 9th grade at Hughes. She was Miss Yekoshenko and she was so young and pretty and nice. Although I wasn't a very good pom pom girl! I remember she invited the whole team over to her apartment by Simle and we all thought it was the coolest place ever. ~ Robin Jossart | Honestly, I thought it was kind of hilarious when Mrs. Peterson was Dawson's fake date for prom at the front of the room the other day, and he was escorting her to the invisible prom as a demo for the REAL prom. Lol. ~ Mylee Schorsch | The story of her first date with her husband. ~ Emily Tiefenthaler | She gave Lucas new folders because his backpack was so messy and one of them said, "Not just another pretty face." ~ Samantha Van Cleve | My favorite story she told us is when she got stuck in the snow storm and had to sit in a vehicle with a bunch of strangers. ~ Dusty Day | When she swears. It was so surprising to hear her swear. ~ Danielle Masse | I love all the stories she tells us about her days on the farm. ~ Brooke Gardner | My favorite story about her is....well..all of them! I loved the stories she had for all the lessons she taught! ~ Dawson Rogstad

36: You have an amazing daughter! I have enjoyed visiting with you about our girls throughout the years! Its hard to believe they are graduating from Concordia! Enjoy your retirement! You have had a great teaching career and deserve to take a break. Take care. ~ Robin Jossart | A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. ~ Washington Irving

39: 1977-1978 | Yearbook | Yearbooks

40: 1979-1980

42: 1980

43: 1985

44: 1990

45: 1995

46: 2000

47: 2006 | "It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." ~ Albert Einstein

48: 2009

49: "Now, bring me that horizon..." ~ Captain Jack Sparrow

50: A pirate steals the ending . . .

51: Kathy, my lady, there is a place. Like no place on Earth. A land full of wonder, mystery, and danger! Some say to survive it: You need to be as mad as a hatter (which luckily I am)! Retirement, Kathy, is full of wonder and mystery (not as dangerous as they make it out to be). Savvy? Kathy, I am glad you have grown weary of feculent maggots and have no more patience to pretend otherwise. May I join you as we wash our hands weirdness? You know, my lady, we are very much alike, you and I, I and you... us. Except for a sense of honor and decency and a moral center. And personal hygiene mere trifles. You are free love! We shall have a magnificent garden party. Johnny Depp: Kathy, you are my queen in shimmering sequins. Kathy: I think you mean shining. Johnny: No shimmering. You shimmer, and you glow. Written by Mary Palmer

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