RAYMOND — Superintendent Tina McCoy announces that Raymond High School art teacher Kathy Mutch will retire at the end of the 2020-2021 school year.
Mutch has enjoyed working with students, especially in creating collaborative artworks that decorate the school hallways. She is proud of the many large art pieces within Raymond High School, made in collaboration with students. The most immersive project was one of her final ones, a sculpture of a ram (the school mascot) made from a concrete derivative and finished with bronze pigments.
“It was my goal to accomplish that before I left, and I am thankful that I was able to,” Mutch said.
Mutch also is proud of her participation in the Empty Bowls Project, which raised awareness to the issues of hunger and raised money for the Raymond Food Pantry. Mutch hopes to continue to be involved in this effort in her retirement.
Mutch recently was accepted into the New Hampshire Art Association. She plans to exhibit her works with the NHAA and continuing to develop her painting and sculpting skills.
“I am so thankful for the opportunity Raymond has afforded me and will always hold it dear to my heart,” Mutch said.
“Kathy has had an impact throughout Raymond High School, both for her artistic vision and her kindness and compassion,” Superintendent McCoy said. “The District has been fortunate to have her talents on the staff. We’re sorry to see her leave, but excited to see what’s ahead.”
Mutch worked as an art teacher at Pittsfield High School and Dover High School, and served as After School Director at Barrington Middle School before coming to Raymond High School 11 years ago. Mutch received both her Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master’s degree in art education and special education from the University of New Hampshire.