Indispensible Shegay Vanderpool retires from elementary school


A CLASS ACT- La Conner High School seniors were not alone in graduating last week. Beloved elementary school counselor and music teacher Shegay Vanderpool is retiring after 28 years here and nearly half-century in education. -Photo by Bill Reynolds

Few have shown the can-do spirit on a sustained basis as well as Shegay Vanderpool.

The career educator, after all, has proved since the early 1970s that she can do just about anything in the classroom, at all grade levels.

Same with the campus music hall. And auditorium.

Not to mention the counseling office.

In baseball parlance, said her longtime friend, retired La Conner Middle School principal Maureen Harlan, Vanderpool is the ultimate utility player – someone versatile and skilled enough to master any position on the diamond.

“Every school,” Harlan told the Weekly News, “sh...

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