OUT AND ABOUT End of an era

Laura Nethken Published:

Helen Jane Wilson is putting the finishing touches on a career in education that has spanned five decades. Retiring as Maplewood Adult Basic Literacy Education coordinator, Wilson was honored by her colleagues, friends and family members at a retirement celebration held Friday at Maplewood Career Center in Ravenna. Wilsons career began in 1967, when she began teaching social studies at Ravenna High School. It was in 1978, when she was asked to teach a few classes for adults in writing and math, that her direction began to change. She was later asked to take over from the retiring ABLE director when the program transferred from Ravenna City Schools to Maplewood. She continued teaching full time until 1989, when she retired to focus on the ABLE program and to start the Portage County Literacy Coalition. Wilson and her husband, Don, are planning to move closer to their children in Vancouver, Wash. Doris Stull-Schoning is taking over the reins as the new ABLE coordinator. Helen Jane Wilson, retiring ABLE coordinator, gets a hug from her son, Don Wilson III, a surprise guest at her recent retirement party. Friends, family and colleagues gathered to wish Helen Jane Wilson well at her retirement celebration including, from left, Reed Strimple, Wilsons brother; Mary Karaffa, her first secretary; Heidi Knarr, Even Start Adult Educator, with her daughter, Megan; and Velma Strimple, Reeds wife. Helen Jane Wilson, left, turns over the reins of the Maplewood Adult Basic Literacy and Education program to Doris Stull-Schoning, the new ABLE coordinator. All smiles at her retirement party are seated, Helen Jane Wilson and her husband, Don Wilson Jr., and standing, from left, Doris Stull-Schoning, new ABLE coordinator; Don Wilson III, Wilsons son; and Lory Vild, ABLE teacher for 18 years.

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