Honoring a former Centreville counselor

To the Editor:
Our oldest child began kindergarten in 2000, and kicked off an 18-year run of our three children being a part of Centreville Public Schools. I am a big fan of CPS since my husband and I graduated from there as well. It has been a wonderful community to be a part of. One we often recommend to our friends.
Two months ago our connection with the school came to an end when our youngest son completed his senior year. The entire time our children were at Centreville so was our amazing elementary school counselor, Mrs. Diana Kamphues. Ironically her days at Centreville also ended a few months ago.
I’ve been thinking a lot about Mrs. “K” lately as I’ve learned of her moving up north to be near her family. Her absence will leave a big hole in Centreville Elementary, as well as our community. She will be missed.
Mrs. K has helped our family cope with various struggles. She has been there for, not only our children, but also for us parents as we’ve walked through some very difficult and unchartered waters. I credit her, partially, with how well our children have pushed past difficulties and have come to terms with things that seem pretty unfair in life. She has guided us with professional advice, painted a realistic broad view when we had tunnel vision, and cared for us like her own family. Her dedication to our children and hundreds of other children over the years goes beyond an employee’s obligation. She has been one of the best things Centreville Elementary has had going for almost two decades.
I am going to greatly miss her presence. I want to give honor where honor is due. Thank you Diana Kamphues for your years of service and dedication.

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