Pierce, Geiger celebrate upcoming retirements
By Annette Tait
The laughter and easy conversation in the Center-Stanton High School multipurpose room reflected a gathering of people who are not just colleagues, but friends. Fellow teachers, administrators, and staff were giving a fitting send-off to two of their own: Fifth Grade Teacher Nancy Geiger, and Center-Stanton School District Superintendent Curt Pierce, each of whom is retiring after at least 30 years in education.
Geiger has spent most of her career – 27 years – at Center and now Center-Stanton Elementary School. She earned her teaching degree at Minot State College, and spent two years teaching in Hazen before becoming what Sixth Grade Teacher Claudia Albers jokingly referred to as “a world traveler,” moving all the way to Arizona to teach for a while before returning to North Dakota.
“She’s been instrumental in hosting math nights, book fairs, and the little carnivals,” Albers said of Geiger. “And if you ever needed anything, you always went to Nancy – everything she ever did was very neat and orderly.”
In a combination of tribute and light-hearted roast, Albers shared memories of fun times that went hand-in-hand with the dedicated work of guiding young minds in learning. She concluded by presenting Geiger with several tokens of appreciation, after which Pierce presented Geiger with a commemorative plaque and embroidered jacket and thanked her for 27 years of dedicated service to her students and the district.
“Last week I was putting up a bulletin board by my door, it’s called ‘Mission Accomplished,’” said Geiger. “I think about that -- my 27th year here, it’s been a great year. I can’t believe how fast it’s gone.”
While she didn’t share any hard-and-fast plans for her retirement, Geiger did note that it will take some adjustment to not have homework to correct and grade, something that’s been a staple of her life -- and any teacher’s -- throughout her career. She also noted how proud and thankful she is of her time working for the district.