Teachers, administrator leaving after this year

The love for their students and coworkers will continue with them for years to come as staff members of Cedar Falls High School leave the district. This year the high school will say goodbye to five staff members. 

Ready for an adventure, Danae Dieken said she will be moving to Mexico to teach English. While she has only been here for two years, Dieken said she will miss the students and staff that she has met within that time. Dieken says she will miss her sophomore class because, “They had great attitudes and managed to laugh and learn a lot each day.” 

Science Teacher, Kirsten Olson will be leaving the school for her significant other’s job change. Not going far, Olson will still be in Iowa but just two hours away in Des Moines. Olson is excited to continue teaching science at Bondurant-Farrar. 

Ashley Ridenour, a chemistry teacher of five years at the high school, is leaving Cedar Falls behind in a move closer to extended family. Ridenour is very excited to get to be with her son as he experiences old family traditions with her. “I’m excited to get to see my parents every day and have an after school snack at my Aunt Sheila’s house with my kiddo, just like I did when I was a kid.” 

The science department will be losing one more science teacher, Logan Mork. Mork has been working in the CF school system for five years. Mork’s time at the high school has come to an end as he and his family will be moving for his wife’s new job opportunity. Mork is excited for new chances to watch his kids learn and grow. 

Along with teachers, the high school will be losing associate principal Dr. Dana Deines. After 28 years in the CF school system, Deines will be retiring. Deines has created many friendships and will miss the people in our community. Deines and his wife plan to stay in Cedar Falls but travel to warmer areas during the winters. “When I think about my favorite memories at CFHS, I always return to the people. We have had so many outstanding and caring educators, students and parents,” Deines said.


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