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Crisp retires from SMS

The fifth grade group of teachers that has seemingly been together in Somerset is finally breaking up.

Jeff Crisp and Pam Seekel have been teaching together for 27 years and Sandy Wells joined that team one year later. This year, Crisp and Wells are both retiring.

Crisp has taught for a total of 33 years. He started his teaching career in Texas, then taught in Arkansaw, Wisc. before getting his job in Somerset. Wells was profiled in the May 27 issue of The News.

Crisp and his wife, Bonnie, have raised three children, Mindy, Tom and Casey. Bonnie will continue working as an elementary teacher in New Richmond. Crisp is a native of Superior and graduated from UW-Superior.

Crisp coached the Somerset High School baseball team for five years in the 1980s. In the past two years he has returned to coaching, serving as the assistant coach for the Spartans varsity the past two seasons.

Basketball fans will also recognize Crisp as one of the top hoops officials in the area. He has 18 games scheduled to work during the upcoming winter.

Any student who has passed through Crisp's classroom knows his real sports love: The Chicago Cubs. There are Cubs momentos all around his classroom. Even his classroom windows have curtains with Cubs logos.

Crisp will be keeping busy. The Crisps have been building a house on the Apple River. He also plans to follow his baseball interests, including getting to Chicago more often to see his beloved Cubs.

Always one to speak his mind, Crisp said he won't miss things like inservice days and recess duty. But he will miss the teachers he worked so closely with. In addition to working so long with Seekel and Wells, he taught for 18 years with Harry Rivard and the past three years with Andre Johnson.

"I'm thankful for the kids for making me feel young enough to keep up each day," Crisp said. "I'll miss the interaction with the kids, that's why we do this job in the first place."

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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