CFHS says goodbye to two staff

Cedar Falls High School will say goodbye to two outstanding teachers at the end of the 2014 -2015 school year. Family Consumer Science teacher Linda Schutte and science and engineering teacher Ron Hoofnagle are both moving on to pursue different interests in the coming year.

Schutte has taught for 23 years in the Cedar Falls school system. Her current classes include fashion merchandising, interior design, child development and adult living. Schutte decided to make this year her last to become more active and allow time for a hip and knee replacement, which may be on the horizon. Schutte plans to spend her time pursuing her own sewing projects, reading and traveling.

“I won’t be sitting around doing nothing. I don’t even think of it as retiring. I’m just not teaching anymore,” Schutte said. After 23 years teaching, Schutte will miss the students and colleagues she gets to work with everyday.

Hoofnagle has taught for five years in the Cedar Falls school system. He currently teaches AP physics and computer integrated manufacturing. Hoofnagle is leaving Cedar Falls to work for multinational biotechnology company, bioMérieux in North Carolina.

At bioMérieux, Hoofnagle will work as a quality assurance manager, leading a team of people working to perfect diagnostic medical devices.

As one might imagine, to perform this job requires great commitment and knowledge, which excites Hoofnagle. “I haven’t worked with a product like this before, so there are all sorts of new things to learn.”

Hoofnagle is most importantly excited to make his move towards the east coast because it will bring him near to his family and friends. However, he will also miss parts of his life here in Cedar Falls.

According to Hoofnagle, the involvement of the Cedar Falls community with it’s school is “one of a kind.”  Hoofnagle will also miss interacting with his students. “They say, ‘Kids say the darndest things.’ The things you hear in the hallway just make you shake your head and laugh.”

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