Susan Kuntz, secretarial ‘Jack of all Trades’ at Herscher High School for 23 years, has retired.
Kuntz began at Herscher High School as a teacher’s aide in the Computer Lab in 1993 at a time when both students, and teachers, needed assistance with computers. Teachers would bring their students to the lab to do research papers, math programs, and other computer programs. Students also came out of their study halls to complete work in those areas.
She shares that she enjoyed her time in the lab. “I could see lots of students, and it kept me connected with them”.
Then, she worked in the HHS library as well as the In-School Suspension Room where she began to learn the STI computerized grading system from the one other person in the district knew how to run it.
In addition, working with a person from ACT, she was responsible for an extensive report of student growth by mapping each student’s scores on standardized tests taken each of their high school years.
When the Guidance/Athletic Director administrative assistant job became available, Ron Oloffson, the principal at the time, requested Kuntz, knowing that she was able to handle the many details necessary to do the job well.
That is the job she was doing when she retired on June 12 without fanfare.
She remembers last spring to be a very strange time. She worked from home most of the time. Even the master schedule for next school year was done from home.
She states, “Kids would call and need something, and it would be at school.” Regarding distance learning, she added, “We were lucky that they had that in place.”
She adds, “I feel that I have worked with some of the best staff members that I have ever worked at HHS.”
She relates, “It’s been a sweet ride and I am ready for the next chapter”.
Kuntz has a son, a daughter, and four granddaughters. She plans to visit her kids and grandkids and help out whenever needed. Also, she intends to stay active, exercise, and live the good life.