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US Science Teacher Announces Retirement
Andrew Mouzin

After 25 years as an upper school chemistry teacher, Jeff Sigler recently announced he will retire from Pembroke Hill School at the end of 2021-22.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Jeff has coached the Science Bowl team for the past 25 years. Over this period, his teams have been very successful, qualifying for the national competition eight times. For the last eight years, he has also been an assistant coach for the speech and debate program.

Jeff is known for his professionalism and his desire to meet students where they are to help them find success in the science classroom. Not only have his students benefited from his teaching, but Jeff’s involvement with Science Bowl and speech and debate has allowed dozens of other students to work with him. Jeff has a team-first approach to everything he does.

Reflecting on his time at Pembroke Hill recently, Jeff said his favorite memories involve a lot of little things. “I enjoy observing the interaction between students, and I remember humorous moments along the way.” He continued, “I really like the day to day planning of class presentations, especially the demonstrations. I am always curious to know how the students are going to react.”

As he approaches retirement, Jeff said he is going to miss his students. “They are really good kids and so well-behaved. They really want to learn. When they leave my classroom, they say thank you. Even after 25 years, I am still amazed by that.” He added that he will also miss lesson planning and grading papers.

Jeff's retirement plans are evolving. However, he and his wife, Linda, do plan to spend more time with their daughter and two granddaughters who live in Denver.

Jeff holds three bachelor degrees: chemistry, history and education. He explained that his experience driving a school bus while in college helped him realize that he connected well with students and that teaching might be an appropriate career option. After 33 years teaching, it seems that his decision to become an educator was a good one!

As he leaves Pembroke Hill, Jeff has a message for the PHS community. “Thanks for the last 25 years. I really appreciate the school and our families. It has been a really good ride.”

The school will miss Jeff’s easy-going nature, but is excited for him as he embarks on his retirement. Please join us in wishing him all the best.