LE MARS?? Setting a goal and sticking to it is what Sheryl Brooks, a third-grade teacher at Kluckhohn Elementary School, has done.
“I’m at the age when I said I was going to retire, so I decided it was time to retire. This is my 40th year teaching,?? said Brooks.
Brooks came to the Le Mars Community School District in August 1989, but her career goes back further.
??I began teaching in Ogallala, Nebraska, in the fall of 1981. During my tenure there I taught fourth grade and then fifth grade,?? she said. “I started teaching at Le Mars in August 1989. I then started the basic program Talented and Gifted. I gave Challenge in all four elemental buildings for six years. I missed the classroom, so when the position I have now opened up, I took it. I’ve been teaching third grade in the same room for 26 years. I love it.??
Her love of teaching is evident in the memorable moments she described.
??I have different memories over the years. I was teaching a child in Le Mars, whose mother I was teaching in Ogallala. That shows how small our world is,?? she said.
“Another memorable moment was when our third graders had Allie’s lemonade stand. This was part of our Social Studies department on economics. The two years we had it, we donated money to pediatric cancer research in memory of my granddaughter, Allie,?? said Brooks.
While she has no plans for retirement, Brooks is looking forward to a number of things.
??I just want to be able to sleep in, drink coffee and read the newspaper every morning. I do have some projects at home that I need to do,?? she said.
Family plays an important role in her retirement plan.
I look forward to seeing our grandchildren when they start doing more activities. None of them live in the city so it’s something that requires at least a day trip, I’ll be able to help my mom more too,?? she said.
The family also spends a lot of time in their home in Okoboji during the summer.
??Now we can spend more time there in the fall when the weather is beautiful. I would also like to go somewhere tropical in January or February,?? she added.
Brooks has been married to her husband, Brad, for 37 years and they live in Merrill.
??We have three boys. Kyle and his fiancée Marcy live in Harrisburg, South Dakota. Their children are Rylen, Hope and Hudson. Korey and his wife Meghan live in Pleasant Hill. Their children are Bella, Jamison, Bohde, Ruby and Angel Alexandria. Kolin and his wife Cassandra live in Elkhorn, Nebraska. I have a stepdaughter Lisa and her husband Duane who live in Powell, Wyoming. Their children are Sydney and Seth,?? she said.
Reflecting on her time at Le Mars, Brooks concluded: “I want to thank the wonderful teachers, board and staff who have become my friends over the years. I also want to thank the families who entrusted their children to me. I am truly blessed.??