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Broadcasting teacher retires after 28 years in school district

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Jayne Shagool inspired students to 'pursue their dreams'

By Anna Taylor

Jayne Shagool never intended to become a television production instructor for Hardin County Schools. With an interest in vocal music and drama, Shagool aspired to move out of Hardin County and live life in the theater spotlight.

In 1982, her career path took a turn when she was offered a job at WQXE’s radio station.

“It was kind of a fluke that I got in radio,” she said. “That’s how all of this started.”

After Quicksie, Sha­gool worked for WIEL where she met her late husband, who is best known by his broadcast name Dick Curtis. The couple married in 1986, the same year Shagool began working for Hardin County Schools.

Her first job for the district was as its first print shop coordinator. Two years later, Shagool became department secretary for special education. She then became a television production instructor for HCS, which is where she has stayed for 24 years.

Monday is Shagool’s last day working for the school district after choosing to retire.

“The job has changed a lot over the years and the technology has changed a lot,” she said. “I guess I just finally said, ‘You know, I’ve got the experience, I’ve got the years, it’s just time to move on and let somebody else who can have a fresh perspective and a fresh view for it and the passion to come in and to teach the program.’”

After retiring, Shagool plans to enjoy time with her dogs and work a reduced-stress job at a local Kroger.

“My husband’s gone now,” she said. “It’s just me. I don’t have any kids or grandkids, so I get to do what I want.”

In her years at HCS, Shagool left an impact on several students and co-workers.

“I can’t tell you how many students have been inspired by Jayne to pursue their dreams, but also the lives she’s touched by the programs she has produced through the years,” said Gina Ryan, HCEC-TV director.

One of her former students, Hannah Harlow, discussed Shagool’s impact on her life.

“Working night shoots and ballgames (for television production classes) has actually prepared me for when I started my first job,” the Central Hardin graduate said. “I’m very thankful that I took her class.”

Harlow said Shagool also helped her on a personal level in high school.

“She’s always done a lot more than she needed to do when it comes to her job,” Harlow said.

Shagool said having contact with students is what she’ll miss most.

Anna Taylor can be reached at 270-505-1747 or ataylor@thenewsenterprise.com.