Three MHS Teachers to Retire

Caroline Cook

After years of sharing the gifts of language and art with the Miramonte community, French teacher Pat Bowen, Spanish teacher Doreen Wagner, and Art teacher Rosemary Jensen will retire at the end of this school year.

Bowen, a French major and Spanish minor, spent the first half of her 38 years as a teacher (Sept. 1992 – present) teaching in France, and the latter half at Miramonte, teaching Spanish and French. She initially taught only Spanish 1-3 at Miramonte, but switched over to French 3 and 5 AP after her first two years. She currently teaches French 2-3, French 4 Honors, and French 5 AP.

“I felt that after 38 years of teaching on two continents, I was happy with what I had done,” said Bowen. “I am still effective in the classroom and wanted to go out on the ‘top of my game,’ rather than wait. Also, I hope that the students remember me as young at heart and energetic.” Looking back, Bowen enjoyed cooking in her classroom, dancing, studying French songs, watching and discussing French movies, and reading French literary works.

“[I’ll miss] the students, definitely! I also have wonderful colleagues who have touched my life and those of my three sons who graduated Miramonte,” Bowen said.

Jensen has taught art at Miramonte for 21 years; Art 1-3, Honors Art, and AP Studio Art. In her retirement, she hopes to write and illustrate children’s books. She will miss Miramonte art students tremendously and is very proud of their many portfolios and scholarships over the years. Jensen also plans to visit with her husband’s family in Denmark and work on painting there.

“Miramonte art students have strong visual voices and challenge themselves to create in very diverse ways. They are the best!” Jensen said.