Students taught by Debbie Lenaway may see their teacher more often outside the classroom than in school.
Lenaway spends much of her spare time watching her students perform in concerts or in sporting events such as Little League baseball or youth soccer.
“I sit with the parents in the bleachers,” Lenaway said. “Of course, I have to cheer for players on both teams on the field.”
Lenaway believes that her interest in her students outside of school has developed a bond with them. She also believes that she has “built trust with parents” as she sits with them to watch their children take part in out-of-school activities.
A full-time teacher in Kane for 27 years, Lenaway is retiring from her latest position as a sixth grade social studies teacher at the Kane Middle School. She has held this post for 12 years.
Hired in 1985, she previously taught fourth grade for 15 years at the former Chestnut Street Elementary School in Kane.
Lenaway, the daughter of Dee Greville of Kane and the late Jim Greville, is a 1968 graduate of Kane High School. She performed with the Color Guard for the school Marching Band. She was a member of the school’s Pep Club and National Honor Society.
In 1972, Lenaway graduated from Clarion University with a degree in elementary education and psychology. While at Clarion, she was a member of the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority.
Lenaway is the sister of Lynn Hall of Dryden. N.Y. and Jim Greville of Kane.
She has two sons—Jim Lenaway, a resident of Orlando, Fla. and an employee at Disney World; and Mike Lenaway, a restaurant manager in Boston. She has one grandson—David.
Lenaway married and moved to Florida after college. Both sons were born in Florida. She taught a class at Valencia College in Orlando for one year and also worked as a substitute teacher.
When she and her family returned to Kane in 1979, Lenaway worked as a substitute teacher in Kane, Ridgway and Johnsonburg before she was hired in 1985 as a fourth grade teacher in Kane.
Lenaway said made “the decision to retire” on Mother’s Day last month. Her letter of resignation was presented to the school board last week.
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