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Mrs. Chicos plans to retire after 33 years of teaching

Mrs. Chicos

Mrs. Rochelle Chicos has been teaching Spanish for 33 years. Chicos attended college at Aguascalientes University in Mexico and Minnesota State University, Mankato. She first started student teaching in Waseca, and then started her first teaching job at St. Mary’s school, where she became the first Spanish teacher in 1986. Since then, Mrs. Chicos has been teaching Spanish at OHS.

Before teaching, she detasseled corn, worked in a nursing home and worked in a gift shop. Mrs. Chicos said, “My favorite part about teaching is the relationships I build with the students, and my colleagues I get to work with every day.” Some of Mrs. Chicos favorite memories from OHS are getting invited to former students life events and experiencing high school with her own kids. Homecoming and Prom have also been a big part of her tenure at OHS. They are exciting parts of the school year for her filled with joy. Senior Sean Bergeman said, “Mrs. Chicos is one of the best teachers at OHS, she will be missed.”

Mrs. Chicos plans to take it easy for a while during her retirement. She teaches Water Aerobics at West Hills, which keeps her active. Mrs Chicos said, “I may come back and sub for Spanish and English classes, but not for a while.” Also, she might get a part-time job somewhere. Mrs.Chicos is also looking forward to traveling and new experiences during her retirement.

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