Several Lowry staff members are moving on this year. Some have taught for decades at Lowry while others are heading to opportunities at other schools. Brian Mahoney, Courtney Rorex and Susie Stabile are retiring this year while Danielle Garrett and Shaun Murgel will continue teaching elsewhere.
Murgel is moving to Eagle Point, Oregon. Eagle Point is similar in size to Winnemucca. Murgel has been teaching at Lowry since 2004 as Murgel. Murgel plans to teach at Eagle Point Middle School.
Rorex has been at Lowry for a quarter century but started her career in Gabbs.
“I have taught at Lowry for 26 years,” said Rorex. “Previously I had taught at Gabbs High School in Nevada for four years making my career in teaching over 30 years long,” said Rorex.
Rorex has taught many classes at Lowry ranging from Consumer Science to Art and Fashion Design.
“When I started teaching at Lowry I taught Consumer Science, and Home Economics in my early years and later on and as of the last couple years I’ve taught Fashion Design and Early Childhood Development,” said Rorex.
Rorex will miss many things, but the most important she will miss is the kids and the interactions between her and her students.
“The positive interactions and watching them learn and be successful completing their lessons and projects as well as interacting with colleagues,” said Rorex.
Rorex added that the students will be the most emotional thing for her to leave behind as they’ve made her career exciting.
“The kids have made teaching fun for me all these years and seeing them grow up is special to me,” said Rorex.
Rorex plans to live in Winnemucca and spend her time vacationing and helping the community.
“I will still be close to my home at Lowry, but at the same time I’ll be helping out our wonderful community,” said Rorex. Rorex will also participate in the Labor Day parade later in the year as she and her husband will serve fresh food to everyone.
Stabile has worked at Lowry since 1998 helping special needs kids.
“I started around 98 and have been helping as an aide for the special needs for a long time now,” said Stabile. Before Stabile worked at Lowry she was a bank teller in town at Bank of America.
Stabile will miss the kids.
“I will miss the kids here at Lowry as they have a special place in my life,” said Stabile.
Stabile plans to live out her life in Winnemucca with her grandchildren and unwind and travel.
“When I leave Lowry I want to have time with my grandchildren and travel places,” said Stabile.
Brian Mahoney has been teaching in his math career for over 25 years; ten at Lowry.
Lowry is a special place to Mahoney.
“There are three things that make Lowry special like an equilateral triangle. The outstanding facilities from the football field to the art building. The staff that includes the janitors, teachers, and our three top notch administrators Mr. Parks, Mr. Christean and Mr. Connors and students that enjoy my class and want to learn,” said Mahoney.
In Mahoney’s future he plans to move to Grangeville, Idaho and enjoy his favorite hobbies. “I play golf, fish, hunt, and like to play chess and will continue to do these things when we will move to Grangeville, Idaho,” said Mahoney.
Mahoney moved here to Winnemucca because “My wife always wanted to move to Winnemucca,” said Mahoney.