KHS au­di­to­rium be­ing ded­i­cated to late teacher

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­

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.”


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