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Edith Sattler endl'ng tht'rty year teaching career Brewster Elementary principal retiring at end of school year Edith Sattler said she never had any doubt about a career. "I always wanted to be a teacher," she said. "From the time I entered kindergarten I wanted to be a teacher. I used to go home from school and play school." Edith Dobson was a student at Brewster Elementary School then; she graduated from Brewster High School and went on to college. Tomorrow night, May 15, she will be honored at a p a r t y commemorating her 30 year career as a teacher and school administrator. She is retiring from her job as Brewster Elementary School principal at the end ofthecurrentschool year. The party will befrom4 to7p.m. in the commons at Brewster High School. Edith Sattler has worked in the Brewster School District for 21 of those 30 years. (In fact, some of her current students have discovered, to their expressed astonishment, that Mrs. Sattler was their parents' teacher.) That was not part of her plan, back in grade schoc i; she said she never expected to come back to her alma mater to teach. Her return to Brewster was due to her late husband, Larry Saltier. "Larry loved this place," Edith said. Larry Sattler got a job in Brewster; Edith applied for a position, she said, "and they responded and basically said there were no openings." The Sattlers lived in a house outside of town and didn't have a telephone. Sattler remembered that then- superintendent Clyde Brown and then- grade hool principal Rod Webster came out to the house to urge her to apply for a job. "I had a job by fall." She joined Brewster's staff as a fourth grade teacher, then took the job of teaching English to junior high students. She kept that job for six years."I enjoyed junior high English," she said. "That was my fast love." Fourth grade and junior high were not her only experiences. During her nine years in the Creston school system she taught second and sixth grade,juniorand high school English, high school band, girls physical education. She was a coach in both ttler districts,coaching basketball, volleyball and track. it was a fun job, she said, although in her opinion her education classes did not always prepare her for the reality of the classroom. Education classespresented lots of theories about how teachers should teach. However, "there are no theories in the world that prepare you for all the things you need todotobeateacher," she said. Sattlereventually left the classroom for administration; for two years she taught some junior high Englishclasses, some grade school computer classes, and servedas apart- time assistant administrator at the elementary, junior high and high schools. "The timing was right," she said. She was pursuing a master'sdegree,she said, and took advantage of the opportunity to obtain administration credentials as well. She was an effective teacher, she said, and she believed an effective teacher should be able to teach teachers to be better and more effective teachers. If teachers and administrators hold the students to Browster Elementary standards, they should expect themselves to meetstandards, shesaid. The challenge for the principal has been to cope with the consequences of fast growth and still maintain standards. She was hired as Brewster elementary principal five years ago; the student body grew from 375 to 540 students and the staff went from 20 teachers to 31. "It's been a real challenge to be able to keep up with that" and still do a good job, she said. 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E. vallance photos School principal Edith Sattler chat= with a few of "her kids" during achool hours thla last week. Phillips. She said she was glad she had a computer background; it turned out that being a principal also meant knowing and understanding computers. "You have to be so much more than just a principal," sbesaia---jobmeant underslanding business principles and bndgets, managing a large staff of teachers and aides, even organizing fundraising efforts for playgroandequipment. She said she would miss her job, in some ways. "You together. can't do something for 30 years and "You have to be so much more than just a principal," - Edith Sattler not miss it." She said she would not miss all the paperwork that goes with the job. But she will miss walking down the hall and getting hugs from the kids, listening to their adventures, watching their faces light up when they read a story. "That's what I'll miss, is the kidsand theenthusiasm they have." The children who are in sixth grade entered school when Edith Sattler became a part-time administrator; they and the principal have adjustedto new experiences Watching them grow exemplifies the best part of education, seingthechildren"succeedand excel. That's whereit'sat, is watching them-- watching that development over time." Edith Saltier and her husband Gordon, whom she married two years ago, will not be here when the school bell rings in September. "We have our motor home, and we're going to travel ," she said. They want to see the West, do some missionary work, perhaps join other retired couples who have become hosts at public and private campgrounds. "Of course, you have to visit relatives." There is at least one job to be completed before she leaves, however. "I'm going to get the two jungle gyms that I promised those kids before I leave this district." Ed Van Tassel, D.O. Board Certified Orthopedics. Practicing general orthopedics and sports medicine. Dr. Lynn Quisumbing Board Certified Internal Medicine. Specializes - Adult Medicine. Sub Special - Hematology/Oncology Dr. Luis Panuncialman Board Certified General Surgeon Jim Lamberton, D.O. Board Certified Orthopedics. Special interest in acute and chronic bone and joint disorders. Roberta Knorr, M.D. Board Certified Pediatrics. Also practicing Obstetrics, Se hablaEspafiol. Andy Swartzel Physician's Assistant. Graduated PA from University of North Dakota. Family Medicine. Keith Hanson, M.D. Board Certified Family Practice. Special Interests: Obstetrics & Family Practice. ,