Mrs. Gade says goodbye

Erica Gade taught countless students over the years at Our Redeemer’s Christian School.
Although it was a hard decision for her to make, her retirement begins now.

School’s out for the summer.
But for Mrs. Gade, she just had her last day of school after 42 years.

Stacey Ringoen, a colleague, said “she is kind of the patriarch of the school and she’s got a lot of wisdom.”

Gade has taught high school English for many years, but her experience in education goes back a long way.
“So, how long have I been in private education?” Gade said with a laugh,  “a long time.”

She’s the one who approached the Our Redeemer’s pastor in 1982 to ask if they’d like to open a school.

The fall of that year, the school had 13 students.
And before that, she’d been teaching just about her whole life.

“I played school when I was a little kid, I taught all the neighbors and my brothers and sisters, things like that,” Gade remembered.

Although her time at Our Redeemer’s has come to an end, Mrs. Gade is not done teaching. She has 18 grandchildren that she’ll now have more time to visit and teach her many life lessons to.
“That’s really quite a few to try to keep up with,” she said.

But keeping up with all of them will relieve her of the cold North Dakota winters, since they live in places like Florida, Virginia and Arizona.

As for her time at Our Redeemer’s … 
“I think I will miss every day pouring God’s word and good principles and helping students learn, I’ll miss that every day because I love my job.”
… her dedication has not and will not be forgotten.

“I give her all the credit for helping me become a better writer and being able to make it through my college career and write essays with no problem,” former student, Courtney Jacobsen said.

Another special part of her retirement – one of her sons, Daniel, will be speaking here at graduation this weekend.

He’s a combat veteran and former professor at the U.S. Military Academy, and was nominated by President Trump to be a  commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

After many years of trying, her retirement will now always be remembered by the first time she heard her son professionally speak.

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