Peg will be leaving us after six year as one of our school nurses. With her cheerful and helpful presence she has served all of us with our aches, pains and troubles in a great fashion.
As with many women of her time, she entered nursing as one of the few opportunities for women to have a meaningful profession – and was a pioneer in that field as it changed mightily over the years. She came to us from being a clinical research nurse at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and raves about how much she has enjoyed working here, being able to help and care for students and staff. She enjoys being a school nurse, feeling it is an important way to care for and support students when they are in need.
There are so many complimentary and wonderful words to describe Doug Jenisch’s long tenure at Hanover High School. But as a native New Hampshire guy, he would not like that, so let’s not go there. Instead let’s let a student say something. About four years ago – when Doug was not much younger than now – a student confided in me that Doug was the best teacher he had ever had; and that student didn’t like teachers routinely either. So it was high and insightful praise. With age is supposed to come perspective and wisdom; Doug shared both of those with his students – freely and easily.
His retirement this year leave a big gap in the continuity of history here at HHS. He came here in 1968 – just when the big changes that form the basis of our program today were instituted. He has been a steady, forward-looking and thoughtful presence here ever since not only in the classroom but in the professional life of staff relations – he has served as negotiator for the teachers for a number of years.
When the phrase ” unsung hero” is researched, Patty Armstrong’s picture is right there alongside the definition. For years Patty has made the music department here at HHS work, especially in its public performances. She has been the behind the scenes emperor of the entire operation and has done it with an exuberance and vibrancy that is just plain remarkable. Sure, she gets a bouquet for each concert, but that doesn’t begin to express the appreciation – from all of us – for the complicated, demanding, ever-changing and stressful work that she has done.
Her contributions to the music department have been extensive – finding music stands, organizing (and then reorganizing) sheet music, managing the auditorium and all its mysteries, getting clarinet reeds and finding Mr. Wolfe’s guitar – again.
So when Hanover High School needs something done and it is unclear what it is or how to do it, who do you call on? Why Charlie Kehler of course. The go-to guy for the undoable – that’s him. From chaperoning the unwilling in the after school study hall to saving the Broadside from near extinction to – the most challenging task ever invented by HHS – dealing with parking, Charlie has stepped into the void and done a great job making something reasonable happen.