Time Well Spent
Upon moving to Redmond after retiring from a long and fulfilling teaching career in Seattle, Mrs. LeBoeuf was bored. Her husband, Bill, was enjoying retirement on the golf course, yet Mrs. LeBoeuf did not want to spend this next season of life being his caddy.
One day while in car line to pick up her grandchildren from Central Christian School, she asked the principal (Bill Mahnke) if he had any openings at the school. In fact, Mr. Mahnke was looking for a 5th/6th grade teacher.
Mrs. LeBoeuf began her second teaching career at Central Christian School in the fall of 2002 as the blended 5th/6th grade teacher. Shortly after, she designed the Multi Sensory Language Arts (MSLA) program for CCS. This program assists our students who benefit from a hands-on approach in spelling, reading and writing. After a few years, Mrs. LeBoeuf left the 5th and 6th grade classroom and focused solely on assisting our students through the MSLA program.
Mrs. LeBoeuf is known for her gentle technique that builds up each student who is blessed to be a part of her program. One parent whose student benefitted from the MSLA program several years ago writes,
“ At the beginning of second grade, you tested our daughter and found that she had a learning issue that affected her visual memory. No parent wants to hear that their child has learning issues, but you were so kind and gentle and you gave us hope. Most of all, you believed in our daughter. You gave her new tools and strategies to learn. You opened up a whole new world of learning for her. Her academic potential was unlocked and her future changed forever. Last night our daughter graduated from high school with a 3.97 GPA. I credit you, Marilyn, for the outstanding student she became. You changed our lives. You are our hero, and we will be forever grateful for you.”
The staff also loves Professional Development days as Mrs. LeBoeuf always blesses them with the most amazing dishes, especially her homemade scones with lemon curd. She has also welcomed into her home two of our foreign exchange students from China, Alex and Victor.
As Marilyn prepares to move into her second retirement, she shares, “I have loved my time here. It is the best Christian school I’ve been a part of. It is a wonderful atmosphere where the staff are unified. I’ve enjoyed it a lot.”
We wish Mrs. LeBoeuf many happy retirement years and look forward to seeing her stop in for visits in the coming years.