Photo by Ted Lutz â€“ Sue Grolemund stands adjacent to the "Smartboard" in her fifth-grade classroom at the Kane Elementary School. She is retiring at the end of the school year next week. A Kane native, she has taught school in her hometown for 37 years.
Sue Grolemund, a Kane native, is wrapping up a 37-year career as an elementary school teacher in her hometown.
"After all these years, I still love what I'm doing," Grolemund said in reflecting on her long career as an educator of young children. "I've had a rewarding experience every day. I'm going to miss the kids and my peers."
Grolemund is the daughter of the late Clair and Jane McNeill of Kane. She has two brothers-- Larry of Kane and Dan of New Jersey-- and one sister-- Lori Wilson of Vermont.
In 1970, Grolemund graduated from Kane High School where she participated in the color guard for the marching band and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Grolemund always wanted to become a teacher and she didn't waste any time achieving her goal.
She took classes year-round and graduated from Clarion University in December 1973 with a degree in elementary education.
"I just wanted to get it done," Grolemund said in explaining why she decided to give up her summer breaks to earn enough college credits to graduate in 3 1/2 years.
As soon as she graduated, Grolemund went to work as a long-term substitute teacher at the Smethport Elementary School for the entire second semester of 1974.
Then her teaching career suddenly hit a bump. She spent the summer of 1974 cleaning rooms at the Kane Motel before working a year as the copy editor at the Kane Republican.
In September 1975, Grolemund returned to teaching at the former Chestnut Street Elementary School in Kane. She has taught elementary education in Kane ever since.
For the past 23 years, Grolemund has been a fifth-grade teacher in the Kane school system.
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