Nevada High teacher looks forward to life’s next phase

Marlys BarkerNevada
Journal Editor
Nevada High teacher looks forward to life’s next phase

After 35 years of teaching, 29 of those in Nevada, Chris Lloyd is looking forward to a new phase of her life.

“I look forward to spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, gardening and just having free time to relax and enjoy this next phase of my life. I will also continue volunteering in various school and community organizations,” she said.

Lloyd has taught a number of things in Nevada, including English, French/Spanish/German exploratory classes at the middle school; and French I-IV, English 9, intermediate writing, reading comprehension and American Literature at the high school.

“I have enjoyed sharing my passion and interest in my content area with my students,” she said. “It has been rewarding to see them learn another language, develop reading and writing skills and grow as young adults.”

Lloyd said she was influenced to become a teacher because she had a couple teachers in her youth that encouraged her to go into the field. She graduated from Illinois State University, and her first job was in Ashland, Ill., where she taught freshman English and French.

When her husband, Charlie, finished his pilot training with the Air Force, the couple moved to the Nevada area when he took a job in Ames and began serving with the Air National Guard in Des Moines.

“I got a job as the education coordinator at Donnelley Marketing (in Nevada),” Lloyd said. “I worked there for three years and then was hired by Nevada schools.”

The Lloyds raised two children at Nevada. Both are now grown. Audra recently married, and added to the family a son-in-law, Rob; and the Lloyds have a son, James.

Chris Lloyd said she has enjoyed the privilege of working with a wonderful group of dedicated teachers and staff. She has also enjoyed the reward of seeing former students become successful, productive citizens. “I run into [former students] at various functions and I am always pleased with the kind of young men and women they have become. I feel good about having been a part of molding amazing graduates from Nevada.”

Lloyd said what she will miss most about her teaching career is the interaction with young people. “In teaching, each day is different, and I will miss the wit, energy and curiosity of teenagers. I will also miss my fellow teachers who are so kind, dedicated and have made it a joy to come to work.”