Wadena-Deer Creek (WDC) Kindergarten teacher Sarah Spicer may be experiencing deja vu at WDC Elementary. Spicer is back in the school she attended as a child, but now as a teacher.
Sarah (Gunn) Spicer is filling in for longtime teacher Deb Andrews, who is on leave after her husband, Oscar, died as a result of a motorcycle accident, Aug. 22.
What makes this situation special though is Mrs. Andrews was Spicer’s teacher when she was young. So when WDC Elementary Principal Louis Rutten visited with Spicer about possibly filling in for her former teacher, he told her she could pass on this tough assignment if she wanted to. But Spicer said she was determined to make it happen.
“I was able to find daycare for my young children, so it worked out great for me to step in. I am very happy to be helping Deb and WDC out. I am enjoying it very much,” said Spicer, who is a 1998 WDC graduate.
Furthermore, a group of WDC Elementary staff worked many hours to help prepare Mrs. Andrews’ classroom so it was ready for the back-to-school open house on Aug. 28 and for Mrs. Spicer on the first day of school.
“We are fortunate to have staff that’s willing to pitch in and help during these tough times. I am very thankful for their help. I am also thankful for Sarah. We are lucky to have her,” added Rutten.