By Maya Pottiger
For the first time in their lives, Shipley’s Elementary School teachers Carol Kriewald and Lucy Nash won’t have a first day of school.
Both teachers retired at the end of the 2018-2019 school year. Kriewald taught art at Shipley’s Choice for 30 years and worked at 10 other schools in the county, and Nash taught fifth grade at Shipley’s Choice since 2006 but has been a teacher for 44 years.
“I thought it would be easy. It’s not as easy as you think,” Nash said. “It’s starting something new, and it’s hard to start over when you’ve been at something so long.”
During her time at Shipley’s, Nash started the Karen Jauschnegg Award to honor a colleague who died from breast cancer. The award recognizes two fifth-graders every year who demonstrated a passion for learning and perseverance. Each year, the new names are added to a plaque at the front of the school.
Both Kriewald and Nash were very involved in school activities, whether it was doing face painting at the annual fall festival, participating in the Tech Trot or dancing in the Mini Rock ‘N’ Roll Revival.
“Carol combined her two great loves – young children and art – into every part of her life. In addition to raising four children, she spent her work days expanding the creative vision of thousands of Shipley’s kids,” said Mark Hopkins, a close friend of Kriewald. “More than anyone I know, Carol leads a creatively meaningful life of love and thoughtfulness.”
Nash taught both children of Carolyn Campion, a fifth-grade parent. Campion said Nash did “an amazing job” sharing her love of reading and writing.
“I firmly believe that teachers, especially those who have dedicated 44 years of their lives to this job, are truly gifted, special people,” Campion said. “And she has shared her gifts with countless students over the years and made an impact on all of them.”
Kriewald, who lives in the Shipley’s Choice community, told students that she still cares about them and wants to hear about their accomplishments. She is most proud of “encouraging the most talented students to be their best while also enabling less talented students to be successful.”
“I’ve always loved children. It hasn’t been a hard job as far as going every day. I’ve enjoyed every day,” Kriewald said. “It’s a bittersweet end. I’m sad to stop.”
Nash said she’s sad to go and hopes that her students came away with a love of learning.
“I will miss the children,” Nash said. “You leave feeling truly loved.”