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Susan Krummrei stands in front of a limousine with 18 students from her final class before the group gets ready to depart Wiesbaden High School en route to lunch at Vapiano in downtown Wiesbaden.
Susan Krummrei stands in front of a limousine with 18 students from her final class before the group gets ready to depart Wiesbaden High School en route to lunch at Vapiano in downtown Wiesbaden. (Shirani Tisdale/courtesy photo)
Susan Krummrei stands in front of a limousine with 18 students from her final class before the group gets ready to depart Wiesbaden High School en route to lunch at Vapiano in downtown Wiesbaden.
Susan Krummrei stands in front of a limousine with 18 students from her final class before the group gets ready to depart Wiesbaden High School en route to lunch at Vapiano in downtown Wiesbaden. (Shirani Tisdale/courtesy photo)
After 32 years of teaching at Wiesbaden High School, Susan Krummrei taught her final class on Wednesday.  The University of Northern Colorado graduate is heading back home to Colorado with her husband, Pat, after the school year.
After 32 years of teaching at Wiesbaden High School, Susan Krummrei taught her final class on Wednesday. The University of Northern Colorado graduate is heading back home to Colorado with her husband, Pat, after the school year. (Mark Patton/Stars and Stripes)
Susan Krummrei looks over the shoulder of freshman John Arnold, 15, during the last class of Krummrei's teaching career.  To celebrate her upcoming retirement, Krummrei surprised 18 students from her final class to a stylish lunch, complete with limousine transportation.
Susan Krummrei looks over the shoulder of freshman John Arnold, 15, during the last class of Krummrei's teaching career. To celebrate her upcoming retirement, Krummrei surprised 18 students from her final class to a stylish lunch, complete with limousine transportation. (Mark Patton/Stars and Stripes)
Susan Krummrei stands in front of a limousine with 18 students from her final class before the group gets ready to depart Wiesbaden High School en route to lunch at Vapiano in downtown Wiesbaden.
Susan Krummrei stands in front of a limousine with 18 students from her final class before the group gets ready to depart Wiesbaden High School en route to lunch at Vapiano in downtown Wiesbaden. (Janna Patten/courtesy photo)
One of the limo drivers, who the kids later said sounded and looked like Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former governor of California.
One of the limo drivers, who the kids later said sounded and looked like Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former governor of California. (Courtesy of Susan Krummrei )

WIESBADEN, Germany — After 32 years of teaching at Wiesbaden High School, Susan Krummrei decided her last day should be one both she and her students would remember. A day full of surprises. It was, even for her.

Surprise No. 1 was for the 18 students in Krummrei’s basic biology class. As they were saving what they thought was part one of their final exams on their laptops and preparing for part two, Krummrei told them to look out the window, where they saw two limos in the parking lot.

“We’re not testing, we’re going out to lunch and we’re going in style,” Krummrei said she told her class.

“It was completely unexpected,” said freshman Allison McNerney. “The limo was nice, it had these little candy dishes.”

The kids cruised downtown Wiesbaden in the limos, giggling and whispering about one of the limo drivers, who they later said sounded and looked like Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former governor of California, who played the “Terminator” character in a series of Hollywood hits. Because of the limos’ passenger limit, Krummrei and a few parents followed in cars.

Surprise No. 2 came after lunch, as Krummrei emerged from the restaurant, where she had stayed behind to settle the bill. The kids and the limos were gone.

“Oh my God, ‘the Governator’ has abducted these kids,” Krummrei said to a reporter who had come to photograph her big day.

Clearly surprised and a bit concerned, she didn’t have to wonder long before she got a call from the limo driver — who she said had checked in with the group periodically during lunch, sending the students into gales of laughter with the promise: “I’ll be back,” apparently playing along with the Schwarzenegger look-alike joke.

Under time pressure, he had taken the students back to Wiesbaden High School, with the knowledge of the parents who had participated in the lunch, and knew she had her own car there.

“I was the only one out of step,” Krummrei said. “Everyone else seemed to know what was going on.”

But the students seemed grateful for the special invitation.

“It was awesome, I’ve never been in a limo before,” said sophomore Micah Magowan.

Not only was Krummrei celebrating the end of a long teaching career and the final day of school Wednesday, it also was her birthday.

As the kids gave a rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ and hugged their teacher goodbye, it wasn’t just the cool last day of school they appreciated.

“She’s the best teacher for science I’ve ever had,” Magowan said.

pattonm@estripes.osd.mil

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