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May 12 Retirement Open House for Rodgers and Barloon

May 10, 2018
Margaret Thomsen , Northern-Sun Print

As the GMG 2017-18 school year comes to a close, so do the teaching careers of two GMG teachers. Mrs. Phyllis Rodgers will retire following a 42-year stint at Garwin and GMG. Mrs. Anne Barloon will retire from GMG, having come in 2004.

A Retirement Open-house is planned for Saturday, May 12 in the GMG High School Cafeteria. The event will take place from 1 to 3 PM. Former students and staff are encouraged to attend and the public is invited.

Phyllis Rodgers

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Mrs. Anne Barloon is pictured checking over some paperwork at GMG. She will be honored with a Retirement Open House on May 12 in the GMG High School Cafeteria. Hours are 1 to 3 PM and all are invited to celebrate this milestone with her.

Mrs. Phyllis Rodgers is from Montezuma and received her teaching education at UNI. She is married to Mark Rodgers, who retired from GMG in 2013, and they are the parents of three children. James works at Emerson in Marshalltown and will be married to Ashley. Ironically there will still be a "Mrs. Rodgers" at GMG as Ashley has been hired to teach math at GMG.

Pam works at Newton Daily News as assistant editor. Her husband, Tim, works at Kenzie Manufacturing. Patricia teaches math at Chariton High School. She is married to Justin, who teaches English at Chariton.

Fifth and sixth grades, seventh and eighth reading and more recently seventh to twelfth math have consumed Mrs. Rodgers career. She says she will always remember a certain student, "He said, 'I ain't got no paper.' I replied, 'You mean you don't have any paper.' He then answered, 'That's right, I ain't got no paper.' Well, at least we were both talking about the same thing. This student left us all way too soon and as I go by his home I can always see his smiling face and remember the story about his not having paper."

Community involvement has included the Garwin Centennial Committee with Mary Heiberger and attending all town celebrations and supporting the community of Garwin where both Rodgers have worked.

Sports was and is very important to the Rodgers family. She coached High School Girls Softball and Basketball and coached Junior High Basketball, Volleyball and Track. She also coached County Girls Softball for Grades two to eight.

As for retirement plans, Mrs. Rodgers says, "Mark and I plan on traveling and spending time with our family. I am sure ball games and spring training in Florida will be included in our travels along with seeing the great sites of the United States."

Mrs. Rodgers closed this interview by saying, "I want to thank all the families I have been fortunate to know and work with over the years. You all shaped my life."

Anne Barloon

Mrs. Anne Barloon was born and raised in Garwin. She attended the University of Northern Iowa and began her teaching career at Collins/Collins Maxwell from 1980 through 1984. Hampton/Hampton-Dumont was her home from 1984 to 1988 when she married Keith Barloon and moved to Kewanee, IL. She subbed there and in 1989 they moved back to Hampton-Dumont and she continued subbing until 1995 when Keith's job took them to Brandon, South Dakota.

Anne became an at home mom with sons, Joe and Kyle. She taught Religious Education at church and worked as a Special Ed Aide until 1998 when the family moved to Burlington, IA. She became a Cub Scout den mother and volunteered in the boy's classrooms at school. In 2002 the Barloon family moved back to Garwin and Anne started subbing at GMG in 2004.

Son Joe Barloon works in Cedar Falls as a videographer for IDEX. His wife, Jaleen, is an ultrasound technician at Covenant Hospital in Waterloo. Kyle Barloon and finance` Andi King live in Waukee. Kyle is Elementary Physical Ed and Health teacher at Earlham and Andi works for Vizzi Media.

Mrs. Barloon's teaching at GMG has been quite diversified as she has subbed, been a Special Ed Aide, a Library Aide and half time teaching and eventually a full time teacher. She currently is teaching 8th Language Arts, 7th Geography and 8th 21 Century Skills.

Mrs. Barloon says "Things have changed quite a bit during my teaching years. At Baxter I taught a fifth/sixth grade combination. And I only had thirteen students. My room was large and at the back I had a carpeted area. Dad made a carpeted bench using cement blocks. I took the students back there to present my lessons while the others sat at their desks and worked."

School activities and coaching have played a big part in Mrs. Barloon's career. At Collins/Collins Maxwell she coached high school softball and basketball and junior high track and volleyball. At Hampton she became high school assistant volleyball and basketball coach, and also coached junior high basketball and volleyball.

At GMG Mrs. Barloon has been Assistant Fall Play Director and Junior Class Sponsor. That means 9 years of prom activities!!

Community involvement has focused on the church as Mrs. Barloon has taught religious education in Brandon, SD and Hampton. She was Religious Education Coordinator at St. Boniface in Garwin. You will find her working with food, whether it be the Little League or high school baseball concession stands or the Garwin Revitalization Committee Community Breakfasts.

Keith and Anne will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary this summer. Concerning retirement she says. "I have no big plans, but will start with updating my home - paint and new floor coverings. I will down-size as I clean out drawers and closets. I want to spend more time with Mom (Carol Parks) and just put my feet up. We'll see how that goes!"



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