After 11 years of teaching the students at Paul Huber Middle School Louie Roqueni has decided it was time to retire.
He was honored at a farewell party put on by his fellow teachers on May 24.
“I enjoyed my time here immensely,” he said. “I wish I had done it earlier.”
Roqueni spent 18-years working at Paul Lime but when the plant closed Roqueni was forced to do something else He returned to school, got his teaching certificate and began working at Paul Huber immediately.
“Once I started teaching I realized this was more my calling,” he said. “I love it. It was a lot of fun.”
Roqueni says he is going to miss the students but he’s also going to miss the staff.
“We have a really good staff here,” he said. “I’ve worked under great principals, so it’s always been enjoyable.”
Roqueni, who has experienced two heart attacks, says he plans on spending some of his retirement with his family and his granddaughter. He might even take up golf again and could possibly end up coaching his grandkids in t-ball or youth basketball.
“I will still come back from time to time just to see how things are going here,” he said.
As he walks away from the classroom Roqueni said he is going to miss the kids and the involvement he had in the Huber basketball program.
“I’m really going to miss working with Ms.Secheslingloff because we work so well during basketball and during school,” he said. “She helped me out immensely, especially during basketball.”
Huber’s outgoing principal Jeremy Long said Louie is one of those “one in a million” educators.
“He’s one of the best teachers I have ever seen,” he said. He has a wonderful way of communicating with the students; getting them to understand difficult math concepts. He also has that ability to build great relationships with staff members and parents. He was also willing to do anything you ask of him. He’s a real team player. Huber is definitely taking a hit with him retiring but we also wish him the best. He deserves a nice retirement.”