Herald JournalHerald Journal, June 28, 2004

HLWW hires new drama director

By Lynda Jensen

A new middle school English teacher will assume the position vacated by long-time drama director Dave Metcalf, according to action taken by the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted school board last Monday.

Stephanie Allen of Waconia, who was hired to replace English teacher Marilyn Eide, will be taking over drama direction.

Allen previously worked as both teacher and as a substitute teacher in the Waconia School District.

While in Waconia, she created drama curriculum that incorporated elements of the graduation standards into public speaking and theater history.

“Learning is a life-long process,” Allen noted in her letter of application.

Previously, Allen worked as a long-term substitute teacher at Cleveland Public Schools in Cleveland, Minn.

Allen will be taking over a drama department that holds an impressive track record. Out of 101 plays, there were 32 Minnesota High School League one-act plays, of which 30 advanced to Section 5A competition, 25 went to sub section championships, 10 went to be Section 5A champions, and eight went to on to become state champions with starred ratings.

Three long-time teachers retire

The board accepted resignations from three longtime teachers due to retirement – Kirby Klingelhofer, Rita Grimm, and Eide.

Klingelhofer retired as high school biology teacher after 36 years of teaching. While he was at HLWW, Klingelhofer created the wildlife conservation class, the biology II college class, the biosphere class, the wilderness experience/BWCA summer class, and also chartered the HLWW National Honor Society.

Grimm retired as high school social studies teacher after 35 years; and Eide as high school English teacher after 35 years.

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