But among all of the joy the students have from their success, there is also sorrow creeping its way in. Their beloved director Bob Hoffmann is stepping away from his role as their teacher next fall in order to pursue a new career path as an instructional coach for Audubon High School. After hearing the news, Hemmingsen said he wasn’t surprised. “I had been thinking that he was going to retire here pretty soon.”
Senior Ashley Hansen had similar feelings and said, “I was kind of shocked, but I’m not surprised. I think he deserves a chance to try new things after 30 years of teaching.”
Sophomore Kyle Polson believes that next fall without Mr. Hoffmann will be hard for the students. Mr. Hoffmann has been their band director all throughout their middle school and high school years. However, Hemmingsen and Hansen believe the kids will be able to adapt to the change.