6/5/2014 8:53:00 PM CFHS teacher retires after 19 years
by Sue Sullivan
After 19 years at Cannon Falls High School, retiring from his position as a tenth grade social studies teacher, Tony Meyer has left the classroom.
After graduating from St. John's University-Collegeville in 1975 with a degree in social science, Tony took a job as administrative assistant in his home town of Mankato in the city's Mass Transit Division.
His boss was born in Germany and had become a naturalized American citizen, maintaining many ties back in Germany and with the CIA, so Tony did the writing for him for the next four years. Documents "included reports and grant applications for federal and state funding we used to build a new fleet of buses and bus shelters. In total, we were awarded over $1.5 million," he explained.
Tony and wife, Rhonda, had become engaged when he was offered a job in North Carolina which he did not accept.
He then worked for Prudential Insurance Company for the next 16 years.
Changing careers again, he went back to school to earn his teaching certificate.
Tony comes from a family of teachers. Of his seven siblings, five are teachers. Two of his four children are also teachers.
Meyer worked at Northfield schools for one year as a substitute teacher and he was hired at Cannon Falls School just a week before school began in 1995 in a position that became full-time.
During the first few years, Tony taught social studies classes and also the elective courses, Economics and the Challenge of Politics, courses cut when a drop in enrollment occurred. He explained, "Social studies is defined by seven different disciplines: history, political science, economics, sociology, psychology, geography and anthropology.
"I loved teaching AP (advance placement) U.S. History to 10th graders. This was my eighth year teaching that class. I loved the Challenge of Politics course too, and was sorry to see that one go.
"It has been a pleasure to teach at Cannon Falls Schools," declared Tony. "I can't imagine working with better staff. There has been very little changeover, except for retirements, and they are all very knowledgeable. The great staff and administration was key for me."
Tony and Rhonda have four adult children - three boys and one girl, four grandsons and a granddaughter on the way.
A Northfield resident, Tony plans to spend more time with his family in retirement. He says his wife is an avid gardener so he plans to help her with the vegetable garden and get back to golf and biking the trails.
He would also like to come back to CF Schools occasionally as a substitute teacher and he would like to help co-worker Heather Loeschke with the "We the People" program. "Heather was the first from our department to try the program. She had good success and we decided to work together, and have been for eight years," he remembers.
First though, Tony will work on the rehab from his recent heart valve repair and replacement and double bypass surgery. "It took more than six hours," he explained. "Dr. Dwight McGoon (who died in 1999), the same doctor I had at Rochester when I had open heart surgery as a nine-year-old for a congenital birth defect, was the one who developed the procedure I had this time. He was considered one of the best at Mayo Clinic.
"When the doctor repaired the leaking valve this time, he used the procedure that Dr. McGoon had developed years ago. It's going well," he said of his rehab.