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Career center celebrates Doug Nagle’s retirement

| December 20, 2019

Doug Nagle is pictured with a self portrait that was created by one of the students at the Coshocton County Career Center. Nagle was surprised with the gift during a retirement celebration held for him on Dec. 19 at the school. Josie Sellers | Beacon

COSHOCTON – The staff and students at the Coshocton County Career Center were finally able to surprise Doug Nagle.

Nagle, who is a counselor at the school, has been planning on retiring this school year. A previous celebration for him had to be rescheduled because he left school early that day, but on Dec. 19 they finally caught him off guard.

“I was totally surprised,” Nagle said. “I can’t thank everyone enough. Everyone I’ve worked with here is terrific.”

On the morning of Dec. 19 students were in the commons area listening to a presentation by Deputy Steve Mox who was accompanied by his K-9 partner Chili. When he finished up, Chelsey Dupler, the school’s new counselor, took the microphone and asked Nagle to join her up front. She then invited student representatives from each of the school’s programs forward to present Nagle with gifts or cards they may have for him. Many gave him cards, but he also received unique gifts such as a song written just for him and a self portrait created by a student.

“All the kids here are great,” Nagle said.

He’s been in education for 45 years and has worked at the career center two different times. Nagle served the school for 13 years, left for a while and then returned for another 14.

“It’s so small here that you really get to know the kids and their families,” he said. “There are not many places in town that I can go and not see a former student whether it’s getting my car fixed somewhere or someone doing remodeling or construction work.”

Nagle plans to spend his retirement enjoying his grandkids and his father-in-law who is 102.

“I wanted to go out a winner,” he said. “I’ve never had a plan in my life. I’ve just let God direct my path. I’ve had a great run here. I’ve now had students who I also had their grandparents.”

Nagle has been training Dupler and plans to retire in mid-January.

“She is doing fantastic and will do a really great job here,” he said. “This is a great school. “Magic happens here. There are elves who make sure that uniforms and tools appear for students. That’s just the climate and culture of this school. We remove barriers for students and everyone goes above and beyond to do that.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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