Centralia High School Honors Retirees
Cafeteria Staffer Evongana Mathis, Spanish Teacher Rene Knowles ans Secretary Kirby Albers Retire
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Centralia High School honored three retiring staff members Thursday afternoon.

Cafeteria staffer Evongana Mathis, teacher Rene Knowles, and secretary Kirby Albers received plaques and metalwork roses as they were feted by Superintendent Chuck Lane, who summarized each employee's accomplishments.

Mathis, who was the first to be recognized, has worked at CHS for the past 10 years.

"I love this place. I appreciate it for all the kind people its pure wonderful. And I enjoy it. If you ever need me, just call me."

Next up was 32-year teacher Rene Knowles, who taught Spanish and sponsored the Spanish Club for her entire tenure at CHS.

"I am definitely going to miss everyone here at CHS. The teachers and staff who are like a family. I'm also going to miss teaching Spanish. Hopefully I can still keep in touch with Spanish because that's always been my first love. And finally I'll miss the students. They have kept me young over the years with their craziness, enthusiasm and energy."

Long-time secretary to the superintendent Kirby Albers, who was hired as a school secretary at the age of 17, two days before she graduated from CHS, talked about her 38 years at CHS.

"Centralia High School has been a wonderful place to work. I've enjoyed my 38 years here. The years have gone so quickly. It's an awesome place to be. The staff, administration and the board of education are great people and I've enjoyed it. I will miss all of them."

More than 100 family, friends staff and retirees gathered for the reception in the school cafetorium.

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