Name: Linda Snygg

Job position: 8th - 12th grade FCS teacher

School district: North Polk Community School District

How long have you been employed at your current school district? 32 years

Have you held any other jobs, either at district or elsewhere? If so, where? Yes I taught FCS at Carroll Public High School for 3 years and coached several sports there.

What initially attracted you to your current position? I was looking for a similar size school as Carroll High and was really interested in moving from northwest Iowa to central Iowa with all of its opportunities. When I visited North Polk for an interview, I knew that this school district was a thriving one that I wanted to be a part of.

What do you like about your job? There are many things that I enjoy about being an FCS teacher, but the thing that I enjoy the most is being with the students and helping them to learn valuable information that they will use in their lifetime.

What have you enjoyed about your time in the district? I think the thing that I have enjoyed the most is the people in the district. This includes the parents and people in the community, the administration that I have worked with for all of these years, the students, and most of all the amazing colleagues that I have had the pleasure to have taught with for all of these years. North Polk is truly a place where there are caring people who would help you with anything. I have also gotten to know so many incredible people and have formed life long friendships.

What is your favorite memory from the time you’ve been at the district? I can’t pick out one favorite memory from my 32 years at North Polk because there have been so many. Most of my best memories have been student related by seeing them accomplish great things and take pride in the work that they have done.

Why did you decide to retire? I decided to retire because I think it is time for me to do the things that I have wanted to do for so many years including things with my family, friends, and many things that I haven’t had the time to do while I was teaching and coaching. Also, it is a perfect time for a new FCS teacher to move into a fantastic new building and set up her FCS room the way that she wants. I told my students that my retiring had nothing to do with them and not wanting to be with them. In fact, I would like to be able to come back and be a substitute teacher when it fits in my schedule to get a chance to be with the students again.

What will you miss the most after retiring? I will miss all the people that I was with during every school day. The interaction with people is the best part of teaching whether it is the students, my fellow colleagues, or the administration.

What do you plan to do after retiring? I have lots of plans including traveling more with my husband, the rest of my family, and friends. I want to accomplish some things around home that I haven’t had the chance to do like gardening, quilting, and doing more reading. I also really enjoy working out at the gym and the time that I really like to do this is in the morning so it will be easier for me to do this. I too want to be able to be more involved at church and volunteer to help with some of the church’s needs. As I mentioned also, I would like to come back to North Polk and be a substitute teacher sometimes.

Further comments? I would really like to thank everyone at North Polk for the tremendous 32 years that I have had the pleasure to be the FCS teacher and assistant softball coach for this district. It truly has been a rewarding and worthwhile career that I have enjoyed more than I can put into words. Thank you everyone!