2017-10-12 / News

Aagesen named Kearsley grand marshal

BY TANYA TERRY
810-452-2645 • tterry@mihomepaper.com


Karen Aagesen was a long-term elementary school teacher who taught hundreds of students in the Kearsley district over the years. She was recently named the 2017-2018 Homecoming parade grand marshal. 
Photo by Tanya Terry Karen Aagesen was a long-term elementary school teacher who taught hundreds of students in the Kearsley district over the years. She was recently named the 2017-2018 Homecoming parade grand marshal. Photo by Tanya Terry BURTON — When Karen Aagesen, age 64, retired as an elementary school teacher for Kearsley Community Schools in June 2017, she had little idea she would be called back to the school to be the Kearsley High School homecoming grand marshal. The school’s principal, Brian Wiskur called her to give her the news.

“I was really taken back,” Aagesen said. “I felt very humble and very appreciative that they would think of me as worthy of that title. It’s a huge honor.”

Aagesen worked for Kearsley Community Schools 38 years, mostly as an elementary teacher. She was laid off and called back to work several times, and ended up teaching middle school, which she was also qualified for, for a short period.

“So, my 38 years, I almost consider 42 years,” she said.

Aagesen said she loves the Kearsley Community Schools district.

“Kearsley has always been a very strong community of good, hardworking people,” she said. “I don’t know that districts like Kearsley aren’t given the recognition they deserve because they are a smaller community. It’s easy to have larger communities recognized or in the limelight. But, you couldn’t find finer people than the ones that live or work in within the Kearsley district.”

Aagesen taught first grade for most of her career.

“With young students, you just have to enjoy them, love them, work with them and appreciate them for who they are,” she said. “I expected my students to be the best person they could be. I ran kind of a tight ship where they knew what was expected of them and together we tried to reach their potential. Really, if you just let children know you care for them, for the most part, things go well.”

Aagesen said she also loves the staff at Kearsley.

Deanna Howell is a first-grade teacher at Weston Elementary, in the Kearsley Community Schools district. Aagesen became Howell’s mentor during Howell’s second year of teaching because Howell changed from teaching kindergarten to first grade. The last couple years, Aagesen and Howell had classrooms right next to each other and their classes did projects together

“Karen taught me young children are capable of so much and they are little people,” Howell said. “Once you build their confidence, they can do anything.”

Howell said she is using some of what she learned from Aagesen in her classroom even now.

Aagesen said it is exciting to see her former students now making a difference in the world. Some of them currently attend Kearsley High School.

As grand marshal, Aagesen was invited to attend a lunch and assembly Oct. 13. Later that day, she will take part in the homecoming parade.

“I hope to make Kearsley proud by being there, and I hope to see a lot of friendly faces,” she said. “My goal for the Kearsley district is that they continue to work hard to graduate students that have a great love for learning and desire to be productive members of our society.”

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