Indian Township School Teacher Retires After 34 Years

Chris Goldsmith is surrounded by her students and co-workers on her last day of her long career as gym and health teacher at Indian Township School. (Photo by Jarod Farn-Guillette)

By Jarod Farn-Guillette

 

At one point, being a dedicated teacher in our society garnered a sense of awe and appreciation; now, however, teachers are in short supply. When a clearly committed teacher like Chris Goldsmith retires, it is both refreshing to see how much of an impact she made as well as saddening to see her leave. Goldsmith retired in June after nearly 34 years at Indian Township School. As the gym teacher and coach for many of the school’s sports, she has watched two generations of athletes grow and raise their own stars of the field and court. 

Originally from Westminster, Vermont, she studied physical education and health at Lyndon State College, an institution in the University of Vermont system. Her career, which actually spans 39 years, began in Plattsburgh, NY. However, it was the draw of Eastern Maine – a place she fell in love with upon joining a college friend at her family’s camp in Topsfield – that landed her with the opportunity of a lifetime: to do what she loved in the place she loved, Indian Township School. After moving to Grand Lake Stream and working at the hatchery, she began her legacy as an educator when a position opened at the school in the winter of 1983.

It was in that first season that she met the first generation of promising and talented players that would go on to raise successive generations of leaders in the community, both on and off the court. When asked about her larger impression of her time at ITS, Goldsmith says of her students and families: “[They] became my extended family. I couldn’t sleep the night before because I just couldn’t wait to go to work. I never had a day I didn’t want to go to work.” Relating that she always felt so much caring and compassion from her students and the community at large, when asked what she is going to do next, Goldsmith could only produce the blank expression of a person perplexed by what may come next. True to her passion for that stretch of highway, the streams and brooks that connect the lakes around Rt. 1 and 6, she plans on “doing more fishing.” 

Goldsmith’s advice for teachers entering the profession is, “You’ve got to put your heart in it to get what you want out of it.”  It is with that that Goldsmith expressed a heartfelt “woliwon” (“thank you” in Passamaquoddy) to her students, past and recent, family, friends and co-workers at Indian Township School. Goldsmith shared her thanks for “my 33 and 1/2 years’ journey, for sharing your children with me, for the hugs, the love and support in our sports teams. You touched my life.” Based on the send-off she received in June on her last day of work, clearly Goldsmith has touched many lives too.