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Basalt schools losing experienced teachers

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The Basalt schools are losing six teachers who have 161 years of experience in education between them.

Werner Anderson is retiring from Basalt High School after 35 years as an English teacher. He started in 1969.

Two teachers who were around for the opening of the new middle school in Basalt in 1976 are turning in their books after the school year concludes this month.

Mary Leslie, a seventh-grade teacher, has been in the Basalt schools for 32 years. She started in 1972.

Judy Palmer is retiring after 29 years. She taught sixth-grade most of the time since starting in 1975. She currently teaches talented and gifted and at-risk kids.

Basalt Middle School Principal Pat Henry is retiring after 21 years. He has been with the Basalt schools since 1983.

The elementary school is losing two longtime veterans. Barb Livingston is stepping down as a special education teacher. She has served 27 years after starting in 1977.

Luanne Constanzo, a first-grade teacher, is retiring after 17 years. She started in 1987.

The elementary school is also losing Susan Faulkner, a student counselor since 1999.

Carbondale is also losing a couple of longtime veterans. Bonnie Cretti is retiring after 27 years. She is a social studies teacher at Roaring Fork High School.

Susan Tindall, a kindergarten teacher at Crystal River Elementary School, is retiring after 24 years.


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