The North Bend Eagle


 

Moeller changing her game

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 5/15/13

From the fun of physical education to stirring melting chocolate and butter to knitting, Jackie Moeller is a woman of varied passions. She is retiring after 30 years at North Bend Central Public Schools and plans to spend more time with the chocolate and yarn.

After graduating from Wayne State with a degree in physical education in 1976, Moeller taught in Minden and South Sioux City before her husband got a job teaching in Arlington and she got the job at NBC as the physical education teacher.

MoellerJackie Moeller gets a hug from second graders as they start P.E. class at NBE.

“My goal has always been for students to love P.E.,” Moeller, 58, said. “Playing games and sports activities does not come easy for some students. I have attempted to provide all students, no matter their ability, a safe, fun and positive environment. Treating each child fairly and trying to give them what they need. I hope most can say it was the most fun class they ever had.”

Moeller said her favorite unit of all time here at NBC has to be the junior high dance unit.

“I always told the students that I never lost one during that unit,” Moeller said. “Although I think a few along the way wished I would have lost them. It really taught the students more than any other unit: cooperation, kindness, and overall self confidence. Every DJ at the high school dances would comment on what remarkable dancers our students were. Even this weekend at a graduation get together, a former student said how much fun dancing was and their college friends would ask where they learned to dance like that.”

After teaching 7-12 for 17 years, Moeller started teaching K-12 PE in 1999 when the elementary schools consolidated into one building.

“The class of 2013 was my first group of kindergarten students,” she said, “so I began with them and will finish with them.”

Moeller coached volleyball while at NBC, a task she calls one of her toughest jobs, but at the same time most rewarding. She coached varsity for nine years and junior high for 19 years.

“Absolutely one of my favorite parts of my job at NBC,” Moeller said. “ My favorite memory was beating Wisner-Pilger in 1990 or 1991 for the first time ever. Their coach was amazing and she was so nervous that night. I knew we had her beat from the get go.”

As for what Moeller will miss the most, she says it will be the students, with “outstanding PE aides over the years, they remain close to my heart.” She has encouraged many to go into teaching.

Moeller will keep busy in retirement, as has her husband, Brian, who retired three years ago. She has been working at Allota Brownies in downtown Fremont for three years and will do that more now. She also plans to substitute teach when called upon so she can keep in touch with students. She has family to keep up with also. Her two children are both students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

“I just want to thank all the staff, administrations, and school board members,” Moeller said. “Over the years, I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with the families of some pretty awesome children. Breaking the those ties will be the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. Hopefully, if I leave my students with the belief that you treat people with respect and you do the right thing because it is the right thing to do, I have done my job during my wonderful years at North Bend Public Schools.

“I am most proud of what I have been able to offer each of my students, and hope they remember their days with me fondly.”

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