Archive for Thursday, May 5, 2005

St. Ledger moving on

Eudora music teacher leaving at end of term

May 5, 2005

After two years of teaching music in Eudora schools, Ray St. Ledger has decided it's time to move on.

St. Ledger will be leaving the district at the conclusion of the semester. The USD 491 Board of Education accepted his letter of resignation at its last meeting.

St. Ledger said he planned to move back to his hometown of Mountain Grove, Mo., to be closer to his parents and to help them on the family farm.

Besides wanting to be closer to family, St. Ledger cited personal reasons for his upcoming departure.

"I got divorced this year, and it really hit me really hard," he said. "Just looking over the events of the past year and how things have impacted my life since the divorce, I just decided I needed a clean slate."

He said he was lining up new employment for himself but could not yet disclose the details.

St. Ledger began teaching in Eudora at the beginning of the 2003-2004 school year. He has taught high school marching, concert and jazz band, middle school band and first-grade general music.

He said one of his goals that he met while working in Eudora was to have a jazz band that students could participate in for a school credit. Students began earning credit for jazz band this year.

St. Ledger said he also wanted to help his students excel in music after high school by helping them find scholarships and encouraging them to continue to sharpen their skills.

"When you become a performer, it doesn't end when you finish high school or college," he said. "It's a lifelong love of music."

St. Ledger said he had seen large improvements in the various music groups and hoped that would continue in the coming years.

St. Ledger said he decided he was going to move a few months ago but wanted to wait to tell his students until closer to the end of the school year.

"I love working with the kids in Eudora," he said. "I'm going to miss everyone terribly."

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