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Renquist ends 20-year career PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chris Lee   

Susan Renquist will end a 20-year teaching career Friday when students walk out the front door of the elementary school in Holyoke.

Renquist, who lives in Julesburg, said she has reached that point in life where she needs to spend some more time with her family. She has a lot of little grandchildren that don’t live too close to Julesburg that she would like to spend some more time with.

Another small factor is the fact it costs her nearly $140 a week to commute to Holyoke to teach.

She isn’t getting off easy just yet, however. Her summer is completely booked solid with trips to see friends and family and to attend weddings, wedding showers and birthday parties for the grandkids.

Renquist has been teaching in Holyoke since 2002. She began as an ESL teacher and then moved into second grade. She also taught fourth grade for a year.

When Renquist finished college, she began teaching second grade in Julesburg where she met her husband Randy. After they were married, they started a family and Renquist quit teaching to spend time at home raising her three children. She also worked part time for the health department performing screenings for babies.

Susan Renquist has spent 20 years in education with the last nine in
Holyoke. She will retire after this school year.      —Enterprise photo

When their youngest child was in first grade, she got back into education at Platte Valley Elementary in Sedgwick where she served as the librarian.

Renquist is originally from the Denver area where she graduated from Arvada West High School.

She graduated from NJC in Sterling and UNC in Greeley prior to teaching in Julesburg.

Teaching has come naturally to members of her family. Her grandmother and mother were both teachers, and her oldest son, Ryan, is a math teacher and a coach. Her youngest son, Matt, is working as a recruiter for a college in Rapid City, S.D. She also said many of her cousins are teachers. Her daughter Kerri lives in Sterling.

Along with spending more time with family, Renquist said she would really like to explore genealogy. She will of course spend extra time reading, something she absolutely loves. She will also tackle some pesky household chores that have been put off due to her teaching career.

Renquist said her favorite part of the job has been reading with students. “I really love to read,” Renquist said. “I love books, and I love to share that with the kids.”

She has really enjoyed getting to know the students and families associated with Holyoke, she said.

“I’ll miss the kids the most,” Renquist said about leaving something she has known for 20 years.

Holyoke Enterprise May 26, 2011