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Memorable, fun ‘run’ Corell set to retire from Fredonia

OBSERVER Photo by Braden Carmen Doug Corell, Fredonia Middle School Social Studies Teacher, is set to retire once the school year concludes. He has served the district for 33 years.

After 33 years of service to the District, with his wife at his side, Fredonia Middle School Teacher Doug Corell fought back tears as he spoke of his intent to retire at the end of the school year.

“It’s time,” Corell said, as his wife comforted him before the Board of Education officially approved his letter of resignation for the purpose of retirement.

Fredonia Superintendent Dr. Brad Zilliox said Corell represents the 1990s era of teaching, which he defined as hardworking and not seeking attention, with time and energy dedicated to preparation and engagement with student dialogue. “I appreciate his calm, cool, confident energy that he brings to our Middle School,” Zilliox said. “Just an overall great guy.”

As a Middle School Social Studies Teacher, Corell’s supervisor now is Jamie Polhamus, the new Fredonia Middle School Principal. Polhamus was a student of Corell’s when she attended Fredonia Central Schools. Polhamus said of Corell, “If you were to poll some students, his name would be one of the tops of the list as one of the most well-loved teachers.”

Polhamus called Corell’s stories “memorable” and agreed with Zilliox’s characterization of Corell as calm. She also added his “quick wit” will be missed.

High School Principal Darrin Paschke added, “I love Doug. I’ve known Doug forever; we were both young here a long time ago.” Paschke added that he borrowed many of Corell’s stories, while embellishing on history “many times.”

“It’s been fun, Doug,” Paschke said to Corell. “You’ve certainly had an influence on me as an educator and as a friend; and definitely, I know that this is at the center of your heart, on the kids. Thank you for all that you have done for our district. You will be missed.”

Corell noted that his first boss was Dr. Josef Powell, the father of Board of Education member Lisa Powell Fortna. He stated he “learned an awful lot about work ethic” from Powell.

“It’s time. My wife, here, has been my best friend through this,” Corell said. “It’s just time, but I thank you. It’s been good.”

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