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Teresa 'Teri' Baumann Spent 27 Years with District 308

Apr 24, 2014 01:12PM ● By Steven Jack

Teresa “Teri” Baumann, District Substitute Coordinator District Administration Center 

Years with district: 27

"It has been an honor to work with Teri Baumann over the past two years. Teri’s commitment to excellence over the past 27 years in District 308 is a testament to her work ethic and character. Teri will certainly be missed."

Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services Dr. John W. Sparlin

A graduate of Oswego High School, Teresa “Teri” Baumann began her career with District 308 in 1987 as secretary to the principal at Long Beach Elementary. In 1989, she took a position as secretary to the associate principal at Oswego High School, then worked as attendance secretary at East View Elementary from 1998 to 2003. In 2003 she transferred back to Oswego High School to work as the receptionist until 2004, when she accepted a position as the district substitute coordinator.

“When I started in 1987, I came from working 15 years in the corporate world at Caterpillar. Although I have many fond memories of those years, what a change it was for me to start working in the education field,” said Baumann. “From the first day I stepped foot in the door at Long Beach, the staff there treated me like one of the family.” It was at Long Beach that she met her dear friend Larie Godinez, a fifth grade teacher at the time. The two are still best friends today.

Baumann’s favorite years with the district were her 10 years at Oswego High School. “Many of my fellow elementary school secretaries thought I was crazy to want to work at the high school with ‘those teenagers.’ I admit I was a little nervous and intimidated about working with high school kids, but to my surprise, they turned out to be the bunch I loved working with most.” While at Oswego, she worked under Principal Daryl Thompson, who had been her typing teacher when she attended Oswego High School decades earlier. “During my senior year, he was an assistant principal,” she said. “A friend and I would work for him during our free periods running messages.”

Baumann is looking forward to spending more time with her grandkids in retirement and wants to get another bulldog. While she has no firm plans to work in retirement, Baumann said she might decide to find a part-time position helping or working with animals. 

Courtesy Oswego School District 308