Two Omaha Public Schools teachers are ending their careers at Chandler View Elementary after more than 20 years.
Deborah Cline, a fourth-grade teacher, and Cathy Hadley, reading coach, have both spent a large chunk of their careers as Cougars, and both decided to end their teaching at Chandler View after making many memories and bonding with many students and teachers.
After 33 years, Cline decided it was time to get back into other activities she loves to do.
Cline started teaching in 1986 and arrived at Chandler View in 1995.
“It just seemed like all the way through that it’s never a boring job,” she said. “It’s constantly changing, you’re doing something different all day long.”
Cline said her main reason for retiring is to allow herself to not be burned out, and to focus on other things she enjoys doing.
“I don’t want it to get to the point where it’s like I should have retired. I noticed already this fall how hard it was to get my stamina back,” she said.
“There are other things I’m really interested in and that I want to get back to doing more.”
Fostering dogs, traveling, taking care of her parents and performing in theater are just a few things Cline said she’d love to get back into as she enters post-retirement.
Cline started at Chandler View as a first-grade teacher after transferring there from nearby Gilder Elementary.
“I had Labor Day weekend to get all packed up and moved and switched from teaching fourth and fifth grade to first grade,” she said. “That first year was really difficult.”
After teaching first grade for one year, a fourth grade position opened, and she’s remained there since.
Cline said she’s always enjoyed the “great kids” and teachers at the school.
“It’s been a great school to teach at — I wouldn’t want to have had to move again,” she said.
Cline said she knows she’ll miss being around students.
“I’m that person that’s constantly working on something, walking around and being busy, busy, busy,” she said. “I’m very much a kid myself, so being with kids every day in that way, I’ll miss. The fun they bring every day is an adventure.”
As the school’s reading coach for 10 years, Hadley said she is ready to close this chapter of her career and start retirement.
Having taught 32 years, with 22 of those in Omaha Public Schools and 10 at Chandler View, Hadley said she’s ready to see the position be filled with someone new.
Hadley said she’s always enjoyed teaching.
“There’s been a lot of changes, but children are still children, and I think probably the most important part to me is the relationship with the children,” she said. “The world is more complex, but the relationship with children remains the same.”
At Chandler View, Hadley is the reading coach and conducts reading interventions — helping children with difficulties in reading.
In retirement, Hadley has many things she wants to pursue.
“I have two daughters, one in Montana and one in Virginia and the one in Virginia has two children, so the first priority is spending time in both places,” she said. “I know there’s some volunteer work out there — I really like to work with veterans because I was raised military and spent time with military. With Offutt being close, it works perfectly.”
Hadley said she’ll miss the relationships and camaraderie at Chandler View.
“We’re a great big family and that’s going to be different, because I’ve been around it so long,” she said. “I’m loving being at OPS and Chandler View, and I wish them the best and to keep working hard out there.