Goudy to retire after 40 years of teaching

?I will miss it, but it?s time for a new chapter.?

Those words were uttered by Fairfield High School business instructor Diane Goudy at Monday night?s school board meeting. When the school bell sounds for the final time this school year, Goudy will have completed 40 years of teaching in the district. She said it was the hardest decision she ever made and that she ?cried a lot.? She is excited to devote more time to her husband, three children and their spouses, and four grandchildren.

?To have more time to devote to my family is important to me,? she wrote in a letter to the board. ?I also will have more time to devote to my community, church and other organizations. I might even read a book for pleasure, go for a leisurely walk, or even sub??

Board president Warren Schaefer told Goudy she would be missed, and that his daughter Cami, a senior at FHS, had learned so much from her. Board member Christi Welsh said that one of Goudy?s classes helped her decide on a career.

Board member Frank Broz told Goudy, ?I took your typing classes seriously. I know people who are held back because they lack formal typing instruction, something that has helped me immensely.?

Goudy began teaching business classes in January 1979, the same year she became advisor to the Future Business Leaders of America.

In her letter to the board, Goudy said she was privileged to work under many great principals. She thanked FHS Principal Brian Stone and FHS Assistant Principal Tim Bartels for their invaluable advice.

?To deal with teenagers on a daily level takes much patience, understanding, communication skills and a sense of humor,? she said. ?They have all those traits and more.?

She also thanked Activities Director Jeff Courtright and Superintendent Laurie Noll for their enthusiasm and professionalism.

Goudy has earned many awards, such as the district?s ?Teacher of the Year? in 1999, and the FBLA Iowa Advisor of the Year in 2013.