Several longtime members of Bexley City Schools' staff will retire at the end of the 2012-2013 school year. They were honored at the district's annual Education Appreciation Banquet held April 24, at Capital University.
Among those recognized:
* Mark Liefeld, who has taught science at Bexley High School since 2000. A Bexley graduate with 35 years of teaching experience, he holds degrees from Capital University and the University of Dayton.
* Deborah Forsblom, a Cassingham Elementary music specialist who has taught part- and full-time in Bexley City Schools since 1992. With degrees in music from Oberlin College and Ohio State University and a Kodaly Certificate from Capital University, she received Columbus Symphony's 2013 Elementary Music Educator Award last fall.
* Linda Kelley, who retires this spring with 33 years in education, having served since 2004 as gifted education specialist at Bexley Middle School. Kelley instigated BMS's award-winning student-run literary magazine.
* James Anderson, who has served as Bexley's director of food services. Anderson, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and the University of New Haven, signed on in Bexley City Schools in 1981.
* Charlotte Reed, an intervention specialist at Maryland Elementary School who has taught in Bexley since 1987. Arriving with a bachelor's degree form Texas Lutheran College, she received her master's degree during her tenure in Bexley Schools. She implemented the district's program for the visually impaired, teaching three students in three different schools.
* Kathy Behrens, a Bexley speech-language pathologist, retires at the end of the school year with 25 years of experience in education. As a traveling teacher in Bexley since 1993, she has had the opportunity to work with more than one school staff. Behrens holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Wisconsin.