Upon the completion of the 2016-2017 school year, the Los Banos Unified School District said a farewell to some of the most dedicated certificated staff employed with the district. We would like to say thank you to these individuals who served in our classrooms, and some of whom also dedicated their years in the Administrative fields as well.
Mr. James Clarke chose to retire in June after completing over 47 years of instructing our students. Jim enjoyed working especially with the junior high school age students in the Art and Ceramics study. Here he not only presented the numerous methods of art, but also gave each new pupil the opportunity to express himself/herself with their own creativity and ideas.
Jim worked the past six years with the annual “Empty Bowls” event put on by the local Arts Center and Rotary Club to benefit feeding the hungry in the community. Many of his students contributed in the making of some of the bowls which were sold at this fundraiser.
Many of us who have lived here will also remember Jim’s parents, Donald and Ethel Clarke, who were also long-time employees of this district. Don was an instructor at the Los Banos High School for many years, as well as a Driver’s Education teacher, while Ethel was the school secretary at R.M.Miano Elementary for quite a while.
We sincerely thank you Jim for the years of service you have given to our district, but most especially what you gave to the students. You taught them to become creative thinkers, and better citizens in our society. Congratulations and enjoy your well deserved retirement.
Another dedicated employee of LBUSD who also chose to retire in June is Jan Whitehurst. Thank you, Jan for the numerous years of service you generously gave to all. Whether Mrs. Whitehurst dealt with her students, parents of her students, or other district personnel, she always handled any situation in a most professional manner, often putting in long hours to benefit her school family.
Regarding students over the years, Jan gave so much of herself to each young mind. The pupils all loved her, and they will remember her always because dear Mrs. Whitehurst made a difference in their studies, and in their life.
Jan not only taught at the elementary level, but later became part of the Los Banos High School Counseling staff, before being appointed Principal for Volta Elementary. She would become a dedicated leader to the Volta staff, and to her students.
While at this elementary school Jan emphasized accelerated reading, as well as accelerated math programs as an important feature during her Administrative career.
We all have remembered favorite teachers, and principals growing up. No doubt, Mrs. Whitehurst will also be remembered by numerous students, parents, and school personnel as a favorite as well.
Jan, we also extend our sincere appreciation to you for the excellence in teaching, counseling, and administrative duties implemented while you were a part of this district. I say this very sincerely that you will indeed be missed by many.
Thank you, Jan for all you have given through the years. and many thanks for the memories for others to share. Your “Eagle” family especially extends its gratitude and love.
Enjoy your retirement.
At the end of June 2017, the Los Banos Unified School District bid a farewell to yet another highly admired educator and administrator, CarolAnn DeMoss. Mrs. DeMoss completed her employment as Assistant Principal at the Westside Union Elementary School . Her story is just a bit different from others in that CarolAnn actually began her teaching career at the age of 37. Her children were in school at that time and she chose to apply for a teaching opening with this school district. She was accepted immediately, and her career as an educator would begin at Volta Elementary. She credits Jan Whitehurst for helping her that initial year, and is very grateful to her. Needless to say, these two well known instructors have been great and loyal friends through the decades.
We commend this lady for her capacity in leadership skills within the district during her career.
She started as a classroom teacher, later became a Math Support Coach, followed by accepting the District Wide Math Coach position under the Professional Development Center.
When enrollment grew at Westside Union Elementary the Board of Education decided to hire an Assistant Principal for the site. In came CarolAnn to continue with this next step in her career. She accepted and served her school, and community in the best capacity she could. Anyone knowing this lady, realizes anything CarolAnn did in the education field, she did extremely well.
We extend our sincere gratitude to this educator for all she has accomplished relating to the education of children within our district.
CarolAnn, you will indeed be missed, but we know you and Jan will truly enjoy the retirement you so well deserve.