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What’s next for Northwest High School

Susan Bird
Head principal Eric Hofer-Holdeman hands the Good Apple award to paraprofessional Elizabeth Cox. Hofer-Holdeman is leaving Northwest after seven years

As many students have been hearing, some teachers and administrators will be leaving after this school year. 

  • Head Principal Eric Hofer-Holdeman 
  • Assistant Principal Charlotte Bartsch
  • Mathematics teacher  Richelle Bloom

So far these are the staff members who have announced it is finally their time to depart from Northwest High School. 

Mathematics teacher  Richelle Bloom is retiring. Hofer-Holdeman will be going to work for Superintendent Kelly Bielefeld, Bartsch will start at North next year. 

Emily Hiebert, physical education, has decided it is time to step down as head volleyball coach, but said she will continue teaching at Northwest. She will be replaced as head coach by  DeJanae Arnold.  

Below are some responses to questions from some of the departing faculty.

What’s the next plan for you now that you have announced your retirement? 

“I have actually decided not to retire, but rather to take on a new challenge that Superintendent Bielefeld has offered me. I will be leaving Northwest, but will be staying in the Wichita Public Schools family,” Eric Hofer-Holdeman said. 

What are your feelings and thoughts on leaving Northwest ?

“ I have mixed feelings about leaving Northwest at the end of the year. On the one hand I’m excited about the next step of my professional career, but on the other hand, I’ll miss Northwest very much. I have spent 18 of my 33 year career at Northwest High School, 10 as a teacher, one as an Assessment Coordinator, and now seven as its Principal” Hofer-Holdeman said. 

How are you feeling about finally being able to retire? 

“I am excited to retire to begin a new chapter of life.  Teaching has definitely been an experience to remember.  Every year has been a new and different adventure,”  Richelle Bloom said. 

What is the next plan for yourself?

“I plan to enjoy time with my grandson and do some traveling.  I also have some projects that I would like to start and complete without having to wait for summer vacation or a long holiday weekend,” Bloom said. 

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