By Linda Titel
Beth Bloedorn started working for the Shiocton School in August of 1986.
In 1986 she had a daughter in first grade at the school and recalls that the Press Star in 1986 had an article on hiring her to the school.
Carl Gloede, grade school principal, and Bob McCoy, superintendent, were the “Dynamic Duo” in hiring me, said Bloedorn.
Bloedorn started out as a part-time aide, she worked in kindergarten and first grade for four years.
In 1990, McCoy decided that his secretary Elna Carter needed help. Carter was the secretary for the district, and high school and technology was changing to the computer. Bloedorn said, “Carter loved her typewriter but she didn’t want to learn the computer, and since I had filled in for her when she was on vacation, McCoy approached me with a permanent position.”
Bloedorn was stunned that McCoy wanted her for the position because she was out of office practice for the last ten years. She was a stay-at-home mom and had some part-time jobs but nothing like the position being offered.
Bloedorn was skeptical about the office and clerical work but said she loved the course in high school which was called office practice, where everyone had to set up and do their jobs so the next person could complete their job without getting hung up. She said, “It was pretty realistic and that is where I got my feet wet and learned the ropes in the secretarial administrative assistant position. I never put too much stock in the title,” said Bloedorn.
Bloedoen said she was the administrative assistant for the school board and superintendent but has worn many hats since she has been at Shiocton. She was the main accounts payable person, assisted with the payroll and any other general duties that came up over the day.
Bloedorn had said she thinks she has had around eight bosses; superintendents throughout her years.
She said: “The school had a gathering in the library on Tuesday, Sept. 11 to say good-bye, which was pretty emotional, I have had the best job in the world. I attribute that to them, the people I worked with had made my job so easy.”
Recalling all the changes over the years, Bloedorn laughed and said, “Back then we had a mimeograph and a typewriter with correction tape. The technology was definitively the biggest piece.”
Now, there is a little more turn-over of staff than there used to be years ago. Teachers seemed to stay longer at one school, not teaching for a couple years and then moving on.
“When I came back to work here, there were a lot of teachers that I had in school that were still here [in Shiocton],” said Bloedorn.
Bloedorn had the Shiocton T-shirt on which reads: One Town, One School, One Family. She commented that although they did not have the motto printed on anything years ago, she believed they lived that and they truly were One Town, One School and One Family, and she will miss this family.
Bloedoen said she never left the Village of Shiocton, she grew up, graduated from high school there 1984, came back in 1986 got married and raised her children in Shiocton.
She said she will miss the people, sometimes there was a lot of stress on the job, she will not miss that. She plans on coming back to the school occasionally to do some volunteer work or subbing
Bloedorn has two children, Amanda and Matt.
“I have two grandchildren, Bree and Tyler who are 11 and 12, they are involved in different school activities and things like that, so we would like to spend more time with them, they love to come camping with us, I’m glad they are still at an age where they still want to come with grandma and grandpa.”
Bloedorn lives next door to her parents and they are getting a little bit older, and need a little more help, so she plans on helping and being around for them more.
She is looking forward to retirement, she plans to do some traveling with her husband, Gary, they are planning a trip to Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee and Savannah, Georgia.