Peggy Borcherding is the friendly secretary you see when you walk into New Haven High School. Her full name is Peggy Sue Borcherding (née Meyer).
Peggy has 3 older sisters. She also has 2 sons: Craig, who is 34 and resides in New Haven, and Luke, who is 27 and resides in Okeechobee, Florida. She also has 2 grandchildren, from Craig and his wife, Mrs. Katie Borcherding-- art teacher at NHHS. Her granddaughter is named Josephine and her grandson is named Frederick.
Peggy graduated from NHHS in May of 1977 and became the high school secretary in August of that year. When asked why she decided to work at NHHS, she stated, “There was an opening at school and I decided to apply. I had no idea at the time I would still be here in 2017. It was a really great decision on my part.”
In her free time, Peggy enjoys sewing, reading, and gardening; although, her favorite thing to do is spend time with her grandchildren and family. When asked what she is passionate about, Peggy pronounced, “I am the most passionate about my family. My family definitely comes first.”
Her favorite thing about New Haven is that it is a small town that supports and takes care of the community. Her favorite food is cheesecake, and her biggest pet peeves concern digital clocks and velcro vs. laces on tennis shoes. She doesn’t like digital clocks because she believes everyone should be able to tell time on analog clocks. And her shoelaces vs. velcro pet peeve stems from her belief that everyone should learn to tie their shoes at a young age.
Peggy wanted to say it has been extremely enjoyable and an honor to work at NHHS these past 40 years, with a great staff and wonderful students.
As many people would say, Peggy is a very important aspect to NHHS.
Mrs. Katie Borcherding said, “Subtracting 4 years for college, I have been in this building with Peggy since I was 12 years old (we used to have grades 6-8 in the middle school). I am nearing 35 years old, so I've known and worked with Peggy for a substantial part of my life and I'm married to her oldest son, so I'm around Peggy pretty much 24/7 now. She's an excellent grandmother. She actually has an extra purse packed at all times with toys and treats just for her grandkids. They love to go to her house to bake cupcakes, eat frosting, read books, and watch Daniel Tiger. My children, Josie and Freddie, adore their ‘Gigi’.”
Mr. Ray Steinhoff stated, “Peggy is just a terrific person--nice, polite, thoughtful, helpful…. She is also terrific at her job--organized, hard working, detailed…. I can't really explain how much she has helped me through the years. I could never thank her enough for all she has done for not only me, but also for New Haven High School.”
Mrs. Debra Smith pronounced, “Peggy always has time for every question or interruption, and never complains. With her cheerful disposition, she makes the office a pleasant place to visit.”
Mrs. Samantha Hausmann said, “Peggy always gives me the heads up when snacks are coming to the office. She has my back.”
Mr. Michael Hagedorn stated, “I have been teaching here 23 years. The office is a fine tuned oiled machine because of Peggy. She can tell you about anything you want to know that is happening in the district within seconds. She does an awesome job. Peggy has made my job much easier over the years. She is always willing to lend a helping hand. When it comes to helping you get a jammed paper out of the copier or finding out if a student was unexcused, Peggy is the person you need to see. Thanks for all that you do, Peggy!”
Lastly, Mrs. Jaime Hoener pronounced, “Peggy's longevity at her job and her dedication to the school should not go unnoticed. Her attention to detail and her ability to do many things very well are an inspiration to others. She misses very few days of work, but when she does, we're all a little uneasy because things just don't run quite as smoothly when she's not here.”
From all of us here at New Haven High School, thank you, Peggy, for your hard work and dedication to our school. You are the true definition of a Shamrock!