Celebrating Our Retirees!

Celebrating our Retirees
Posted on 05/21/2020
This is the image for the news article titled Celebrating our RetireesThree longtime employees of the Indian Lake School District are retiring at the conclusion of the 2019-20 school year. We will truly miss the special qualities of ILMS educator Chris Anders, Vocal Music teacher Joyce King and ILHS Custodian Barb Martin. We asked them a few important questions before their last day of school forever. Here are their answers...







Chris Anders
Mr. Chris Anders

Chris Anders has been an educator for 38 years, with 25 of those years spent at Indian Lake. He 
taught sixth grade Social Studies and Science. In addition, over the years he coached Jr. High Football, Boys & Girls Jr. High Basketball, Girls High School Basketball and Boys High School Baseball. 

What is your favorite memory at school?

I will always remembers all the relationships that I have had with my students. My favorite memory is the year we moved into the new ILMS building in 1997 and how all the students and teachers pitched in to make that move happen. The community really came together.

What impact do you hope you made?
I think I have given students the hope that hard work really will pay off in the future. As long as they give the effort, they will be Ok.

How will you keep busy in retirement?
I plan on traveling after my wife retires and spending time with my kids and grandkids.

Joyce King
Mrs. Joyce King

Mrs. King has taught 33 years. She has been at Indian Lake for 30 of those years.  The first 7 years were just at the Middle School and the past 23 have been at both the HS and MS.  Mrs. King has taught 5th, 6, 7, 8 and HS choirs, general music of various grade levels, music and theater enrichment.  She has directed both Meistersingers and Sophisiticlefs and produced musicals at the high school and middle school.  In addition, she created the Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

What is your favorite memory at school?
There are WAY too many and they are not comparable.  I can't even begin to say because as I think of one another one comes to mind.  But the commonality in all of them are the people attached to those memories.   

What impact do you hope you made?
I hope people are better for having known me and having studied music. I hope they are lifelong musicians and music/fine arts supporters.  

How will you keep busy in retirement?
I'm told that you end up busier than when you worked, so I suppose I'll be busy.  Currently, I just want to spend time with family, babysit my grandson and do what I feel. I will eventually have another job, but I'm currently waiting for God to lead me in the right direction.


Barb Martin
Mrs. Barb Martin


Barb Martin is finishing her 32nd year at Indian Lake Schools this summer. She began at Huntsville Elementary School with Kay Tracy as her first supervisor. She later came to ILHS and spent most of her years at the high school. 

What is your favorite memory at school?
My favorite memories will be all the "first days of school" and the "last days of school" over the years. I love to see all the teachers and staff return from the summer. But, I also like when they leave for the summer after cleaning up after them all year:)

What impact do you hope you made?
I always tried to keep things safe and clean for everyone. I always put in extra effort getting the gym set up just right for the ball games inside and getting the football field cleaned up early in the morning. 

How will you keep busy in retirement?
Right now I'm painting the inside of my house and keeping my yard in shape. I plan to visit my sisters and granddaughter this year. 


Doris Miller
Doris Miller
Our final retirement of the year is an Midwest Regional ESC employee who we adopted as our very own! Nurse Doris Miller has been the school nurse assigned to the district for 15 years. She cheerfully served students in all three school buildings daily and was glad when we all located to one campus. Mrs. Miller made sure students got proper medications, helped those who were sick and assisted in teaching healthy habits. She is retiring after a career in health care and plans to spend all the time she can with her grandchildren.