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I'm a 67 yr old Teacher-Librarian and lived/worked in Japan 32 years as a music/PE teacher/librarian for the U.S. Dept. of Defense Dependents Schools. Currently job hunting like crazy while substitute teaching


Thanksgiving break.

I'm so pleased to have a week off from a 42-mile 1-way commute and am particularly thankful for the opportunity to rehearse as a pit-orchestra member--trombone--for a production of Dickens' celebrated Christmas Carol at the Temecula Old Town Community Theater coming up early next month.

Posted on November 20, 2007 at 12:21am

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At 6:59am on February 2, 2012, Mike McQueen said…

Greetings Larry,

I'm Mike McQueen, teacher librarian and founder of Like many school districts, we are in a financial crises. Our school board recently proposed to eliminate ALL 20+ middle school teacher librarians and also cut all 90+ elementary schools to half time. Since we are the biggest district in all of Colorado, we worry this will cause other districts to follow suit. We launched an online movement and are going to do our best to put up a good fight.

If possible, please visit our Facebook page and "Like" us . Adding a positive comment and sharing with your friends would help our morale as well. The board finalizes the budget soon so your timely support would be greatly appreciated!


Mike McQueen

Teacher Librarian at McLain HS

Lakewood, CO

At 5:17am on May 27, 2009, Mike McQueen said…
Hi Larry,

I'm a teacher librarian & recently started a community based blog for getting boys to read - Please send me a friend request if you'd like to network, share ideas, and learn more about getting boys to read.

Mike McQueen

LET'S NETWORK HERE TOO (request me as a friend):
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At 11:43am on June 24, 2008, Yolan Mistele said…
Hi Larry, How's it going on the job hunt in WI? I have a list of open positions in WI and have tried to attach it. Let me know if you can't open. Yolan
At 12:21pm on April 19, 2008, LARRY RETZACK said…
Hi again Yolen,
Thanks so much for your continued help. I was in Wis. over Easter break & attended a job fair in Wis. Rapids. On Apr. 15, I finally submitted documentation to the DPI for music/soc. sci./hist. & Librarian-Media Specialist. I'm currently enrolled online @ Fresno Pacific U to get 6 sem. credits for those licenses. I anticipate completion by early Aug. Thanks so much for your Kenosha announcement. I'll send Diane Kastelic an e-mail expressing interest today.

On Apr. 15 I also sent application documents for a position in Milton & just this week got an e-mail from Manitowoc indicating they'd rec'd. my application, are reviewing paperwork before making interview decisions. Thanks again for all your help.
At 11:32am on April 17, 2008, Yolan Mistele said…
Larry, Still looking for job and getting WI credentials? Here's another location with openings..."We have 4 openings for LMS in our elementary schools due to expansion and retirement. They will not be listed on our website until mid-May due to our union contract in Kenosha but please call me if you're interested in talking about them. Diane Kastelic, Library Media Teacher Consultant
Kenosha Unified Schools 3600 52nd Street Kenosha, WI 53144
Phone 262-653-6233 Fax 262-653-7569 Email"
At 12:58am on March 13, 2008, LARRY RETZACK said…
Hello Yolan. Believe it or not, I've been at this for a year & still don't have all the documentation required, despite a FOIA demand and the threat of a congressional inquiry. Despite that, just last night I did apply not only for the Sussex job but for an instrumental music job at a middle school there. Sadly, I'd also initiated application @ another site that wouldn't permit one to apply without the license, so I e-mailed the Supt. & explained that I was working on it & be reply got a login/pswd but I messed up & couldn't make it work. But I'm seriusly confident that I will get Wis. license(s) & find something worthwhile by next summer. And if I don't get a school job, my younger brother who's a journeyman electrician says that construction pays $25 an hour so maybe I'll wind up working in sewer construction like I did in college?
At 7:52pm on March 11, 2008, Yolan Mistele said…
Hi Larry, Have you been able to get the documentation needed for a WI license yet? I've seen a posting for a LMS at Lannon Elementary in the Hamilton School District, Sussex. If interested, Apply on-line at I have more info, could email you the listserv post. Yolan
At 9:33pm on January 6, 2008, LARRY RETZACK said…
Yolan, I think I may have already replied to your helpful comment but anyway spent some time online searching for Wis. library jobs last night & have completed applications for a lo-pd library asst. in La Crosse and a Supervisory Librarian position in the Dept. of Public Instruction in Madison. I'm still having problems with the federal bureaucrats concerning obtaining documentation verifying my fed experience to get a Wis. license, but I'm gonna 'phone the Dept. of Defense Dependents Schools tomorrow morning I think. Thanks for all your help.
At 10:35pm on January 4, 2008, Yolan Mistele said…
Larry, Just saw this post from The Shifted Librarian blog and I thought that you might want to check it out. “, the largest free library career portal on the Internet, is pleased to announce the launch of its new online community for librarians. Devoted entirely to career development and job hunting, these forums provide a space for librarians, LIS students, library workers, and information professionals to discuss professional development issues.”
At 12:01am on November 21, 2007, LARRY RETZACK said…
So you're in Pakistan, Naveed? I lived/worked in Japan 32 years and love the Orient.

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