KHS auditorium being dedicated to late teacher
The Wendell Scherer Theater will be formally named during a ceremony scheduled for Saturday evening.
KINGSTON >>The Kingston High School auditorium will be dedicated on Saturday in memory of retired teacher and school theater producer Wendell Scherer.
The ceremony to rename the auditorium the Wendell Scherer Theater is to start at 6:30 p.m. in the high school, 403 Broadway.
The event will include music, poetry, testimonials and a performance by the Kingston High School Alumni Choir.
“Wendell was just an amazing, amazing teacher,” said Jim Naccarato, a longtime friend. “He had this ability to connect not just with children but with everyone. When he talked with you, he made you feel like the most important person in the world. It was an amazing ability.”
Scherer retired in 2010 and died in December 2015 at age 66.
He had a 40-year teaching career that included classes in English, theater arts and mythology at Kingston High School and the former Myron J. Michael Middle School.
At the high school, Scherer spent “countless hours putting on theater productions [and] assisting with school musicals,” the Kingston Board of Education said in the March 2016 resolution to name the auditorium for him.
Scherer’s widow, Nora, is the school board’s president.
“Time and time again we’ve heard from people who’ve said they can’t go into an art gallery or a museum or watch a movie or listen to music without thinking of something that Wendell brought to the table,” Naccarato said. “When he had a class of students, he made them all feel like they were special. He made them all feel like they could all bring enormous contribution to the class, enrich their own life . ... He changed the way students looked at the world around them, looked at their own sense of self-worth, their own sense of creativity.”
Kingston High School English teacher Christina Krzywonos said earlier this year that she “was forever changed by [Scherer’s] encouraging words, his passion for teaching, his devotion to students and most of all his laughter and spirit.”