In Memory of Former Lakes Journalism Teacher Charles Croasdill

Charles Croasdill’s legacy lives on as the inspirational teacher to students even long after he had left Lakes Highschool more than 55 years ago. Croasdill, Lakes former journalism teacher, student newspaper advisor and international journalism honor society advisor, was beloved by many and left his mark on the school and the students within it.  

After working at Lakes High School for 23 years his students have many goods words to share. Nora McNerthney John–former student of Croasdill– states that he was her favorite teaher. “Mr. Croasdill’s dedication to teaching and his interest and respect for his students was genuine. He gave me and other students opportunities to expand and test our self-confidence and knowledge and was a mentor in a quiet way. He was the only teacher who I felt cared about their students as people and wanted us to succeed. Mr. C’s Journalism classes and his guidance for our ‘Ledger’ staff was a big bright spot in my high school memory.” said John, who lives in Marysville. 

Even after the end of his position at Lakes High School his daughters had much to add about his teaching. “Dad’s motivation in teaching was to prepare his students for the next phase in their lives,” said his daughter, Helen Croasdill Montfort of Jacksonville, Florida. “He genuinely loved teaching.  His other daughter Carolyn “Lyn” Croasdill Hill of Olympia, states “He loved his job as a teacher and always hoped to make an impact on his students.”  

Unsurprisingly, after what his family and former students from past decades have said and continue to say about him, it seems people can confidently determine that he has reached his teaching goal to make an impact on his students!