Twin Rivers educator retires after 45 years
Veteran teacher Judy Stammerjohan has retired.
Known for her exuberant personality and blazing orange hair, Stammerjohan was a district educator for 45 years, most recently at Foothill High School (1984-2012).
"What will I miss? Everything. Teaching brings a lot of joy. I live to see what my students are going to do next. Overall, students do not disappoint. It has been a great run. Perhaps the finest thing that has happened to me is students coming to me at their graduation and saying, 'I'm here because of you,' " says Stammerjohan.
She was teaching physical education at Foothill when she decided to retire. Over the years she has also taught German, ROP and computers at FHS. She has worked at all the district's comprehensive high schools, and has served as a summer school teacher and administrator.
Stammerjohan has a life credential and has taught everything from typing and shorthand to English, history, pre-algebra and life science. The Commission on Teacher Credentialing stopped issuing life credentials in 1985.
"Words cannot express the profound impact she has had on our school," says Brian Welborn, interim principal. "Through thick and thin, no matter what the event, Judy was present to support her beloved Mustangs. She is well respected by teachers and staff and always has a smile on her face. Judy will be sorely missed, but we wish the very best on this next stage of her life."
Stammerjohan was hired in 1967, a proud Hoosier from Indiana University. She vividly recalls her first teaching assignment.
"I was assigned to Grant High School. My classroom was a Quonset hut in back of the music room. I had three classes of English, two U.S. history and one physical education class. There was no prep period provided. Lawn mowers were parked on the opposite of a partial wall in the middle of the hut. There were no phones except in the principal's office, and the pay phone by Jimmy's Market was always broken. I was told by other more experienced teachers to be creative, figure out things on my own and never complain because the district was watching to see if I was going to be a keeper."
Not a concern for Stammerjohan who thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of her work.
Trustee Michael Baker is one of her former students.
"I'm in awe of all that she has done for our students and families. 'Stammy' has made such a difference in the lives of so many by providing support, guidance and encouragement in and outside of the classroom. She will be missed."