June 11, 2010
Denfeld Alumni News
Seven Denfeld staff members retire
With well over 200 years of combined experience,
seven Denfeld staff members have announced their retirements. They
were honored for their service during the school’s 101st commencement
ceremony on June 10.
Typing instructor Colleen Bryant taught for 34
years. She hopes to travel in her retirement and has particular
interest in visiting the pyramids of Egypt.
Sandra Carlson worked as a paraprofessional in
the Duluth School District for over 37 years, spending the last
nine at Denfeld in the Special Education Dept. Her mother and two
sons are Denfeld graduates.
Gene Grembowski taught science for 39 years, mostly
at Denfeld but also at East and Morgan Park. He’s looking
forward to spending time traveling and hiking with his wife and
spending more time with family.
Kim Jam taught for over 30 years – 12 of
them at Denfeld. She is looking forward to spending time with her
new grandson, Owen.
Charles Leppala taught for 34 years. He plans
to spend winters in Arizona and summers at his home on Big Round
Lake in Tamarack.
Richard Swanson taught social studies for 34 years,
also serving as a softball, basketball and football coach. His plans
for retirement include traveling, golfing, coaching and working
with the Denfeld Alumni Association.
Patrick Phillips is another longtime Denfeld social
studies teacher who is retiring. He plans to travel and to enjoy