Heroes of Public Education. John and Kathy Tiautschold are a retired couple from the Chicago area. Kathy, a former teacher volunteers at PES once a week. She listens to students read, and also has teachers give her their spelling lists in advance so she can transfer them to Braille to review with students the next week. The teachers she has worked with comment on how the children light up when they hear she is coming to work with them. She is always open to suggestions from the classroom teacher about how to better help the students, and takes her responsibilities for the students very seriously. She bonds with the students that are chosen to read with her, and they know she truly cares about them. Her husband, John, faithfully brings her every week, and the office staff looks forward to seeing their smiling faces every Thursday morning.
This year, although the Elks Lodge and Masonic Temple supply shopping sprees for families, there was still a need beyond what they could supply. After seeing the need of some of our students at PES, John and Kathy approached our health specialist to see if they could adopt a family for Christmas. One of our PES families greatly benefited from their generosity. They are a great example of the generosity of the retired members in our community in Payson.