Julie Goecke, a 28-year veteran of the Nevada Schools, will retire at the end of the present year.
Most have known her as a kindergarten teacher. That’s been her mainstay. She started out in early kindergarten teaching and then transferred to kindergarten when Nevada implemented its all-day kindergarten program.
Some may not realize it, but Goecke started out in her professional career as a flight attendant with TWA. After she came down from the skies, she was a teacher for two years in Odebolt-Arthur and one year in Denison before coming to Nevada.
“I’ve enjoyed being with young children and experiencing the joy of learning and playing through their eyes,” she said. “I also hold dear the families and staff I’ve worked with and the friendships that were made.”
As to the biggest challenges, Goecke said, “I think some of the biggest challenges have been trying to meet the academic, social/emotional and physical needs of students. Being a teacher is so much more than just meeting the academic standards. It involves developing and caring for the whole child.
“Family dynamics are changing and schedules are busy,” she continued. “This puts pressure on kids, and some days they’re not able to be at their best.”
Also challenging for her, she admitted, has been keeping up with technology.
She said she’s not sure exactly what the future holds for her. “I would like to find a job and begin a new journey. I also want to spend more time reading, gardening and learning a new hobby.”
Her advice for new teachers: “Take time to breathe, allow moments in your day for surprise and delights, laugh with your students and fill your classroom with joy.”