STEPHENVILLE (May 18, 2016)- After teaching at Stephenville High School for 13 years, English teacher and department head Lise Schwartzkopf will retire at the end of the semester.
“She’s a great teacher,” Tammy Jones said. “She goes the extra mile for her kids. I go by at lunch and during her conference periods, and there’s kids sitting there getting tutored. She’s the same with teachers. We are going to miss that.”
Even though she grew up with teachers and administrators, Schwartzkopf did not plan on entering the education field.
“I wanted to be a missionary, and I wanted to be in a Spanish speaking country,” Schwartzkopf said. “But that didn’t happen. But, things just kind of fell into place.”
Schwartzkopf’s love of history led her to earn her degree in history at Tarleton State University with a minor in English.
“I student taught at the junior high, and I had the best mentor teacher – Nancy Crouch,” Schwartzkopf said. “We are still friends.”
Schwartzkopf worked as a director of a Presbyterian preschool for three years before she began teaching at Henderson Junior High. She taught English and Texas history.
“After ten years, I just thought, ‘Hmm, I want to move’,” Schwartzkopf said. “So I applied [at SHS] and got the job.”
Since moving to the high school, Schwartzkopf has taught on level English one, English two, ESL, pre-AP English one, AP English three, AP English four and become the English department head within her 13 years at SHS.
“The kids are the best part,” Schwartzkopf said. “That’s the only thing I’m going to miss. It’s just being with the kids.”
In her free time, Schwartzkopf enjoys going antiquing, camping, spending time with her family and parents and reading.
“I can waste days and days just reading,” Schwartzkopf said. “Before I know it, I’ve read eight books in a month.”
After retiring, Schwartzkopf plans spend time with her retired friends and go glamping in her new vintage glamper. She also hopes to be able to volunteer and participate more in her church’s activities, such as working in their food bank, which she was unable to do before because of work hours.
“My friends keep telling me that your time fills up quickly,” Schwartzkopf said. “So, I’m going to try to take it slow.”