2018-19 RETIREMENT TRIBUTES
(Written by their immediate supervisor)
Mr. McGivney was hired as a school bus driver in September of 2011. During his seven years of service to the district Mr. McGivney has done an excellent job.
Throughout his years of service Mr. McGivney has been conscientious and aware of the great responsibilities of his job. Barry proved to be proficient and thorough in the performance of his duties year after year.
Mr. McGivney’s commitment to the safety and well being of the children in the district has made him an asset to the Transportation Department. Barry will be missed for his upbeat attitude, personality and adaptability. Mr. McGivney has earned the respect of the parents, children and his peers throughout his years of service.
We thank Mr. McGivney for his dedication, reliability and loyalty over the years. We hope that his retirement years are happy, healthy and fulfilling. Mr. McGivney will be missed by everyone in the Transportation Department.
Mr. Barry McGivney began working as a lunch aide at Dugan Elementary School in 2015 . During Mr. McGivney's 3 years at Dugan he has worked with fantastic administrators, caring and intelligent teachers, and congenial and collegial fellow lunch aides.
Above all, Mr. McGivney thrived on the relationships and his connections with students and their families. Working in every grade level within Dugan, Mr. McGivney has worked with students of all ages, all abilities, and talents. And while Mr. McGivney vows that his days of tying shoes, opening milk cartons, and cutting meat are now ending; he finds solace in knowing he will be helping his grandchildren with these very endeavors.
Michael Brown joined Marlboro Middle School in September of 1998 as the school librarian. Since that time, he has assisted countless teachers and students and has developed lessons for students on the organization of the library and how to locate and use its materials. Mike is the first resource for teachers who may be setting up research projects or subjects for essays or historical papers. Mike was often seen assisting students in their National History Day project research and helping staff in their quest to locate primary and secondary sources for instruction.
In addition to his many talents and interests, Mike is also an avid gardener, ballroom dancer and a published author. In his retirement Mike plans to continue to pursue these activities that are close to this heart. He is looking forward to spending quality time with his wife and children. Mike’s sense of humor and welcoming personality will be missed. We wish him well in his retirement.
Catherine Lisk has announced her intention to retire from the Marlboro Township Schools at the end of the 2018-2019 school year. In September, Cathy will begin her 25th year as a valued educator at Asher Holmes Elementary School within the Marlboro Township School District! During the past 25 years, Cathy has worked with hundreds of students and colleagues and has left a lasting impression on each one.
Cathy is known to staff for her calm, supportive demeanor and has been described as an incredible role model, friend, advocate, and resource. She has served as a mentor to her colleagues, as well as an MTEA building representative. Cathy is a true educator at heart; she is always willing to do whatever it takes to coordinate with staff, students, and parents in order to support the academic and emotional growth of our students. Entering her classroom brings an instant calm over any visitor due to the routines and tranquil atmosphere that are nurtured! She has been diligent in her duties and very well-liked and respected by all members of the Marlboro community.
Described as possessing a welcoming personality and open heart and mind, Cathy will certainly be missed in the hallways of Asher, at staff functions, and PTA events. While her time working in Marlboro has come to an end, her imprint on our school and the friendships she has created are timeless. The Asher community wishes her well in this new chapter of her life and hopes that she knows what an asset she was both to the students and staff.
Good luck and best wishes, Cathy, for a retirement filled with good health, quality time with family and friends, and lots of laughter! You certainly deserve all of this and more after all you have given to the Asher Holmes community!
Mr. Frascati has worked as a school bus driver for the district since September 2011. During his 7 years of service he has driven a 54 passenger bus and maintained a safe driving record. Mr. Frascati could always be counted on to complete any assignment he was given. He has an excellent rapport with the parents, children, and his peers.
Rick’s ability, cooperation and commitment to the wellbeing of the children on his routes have made him an asset to the transportation department. Mr. Frascati will be missed for his great character, personality and adaptability. These attributes have made him an outstanding employee.
We hope that Rick’s retirement years are happy, healthy and fulfilling.
Ellen Farnham began her career in Marlboro Township Public Schools in September of 1992. She holds both certifications as an elementary school teacher as well as a teacher of the handicapped.
Her roles in the district have been vast and far-reaching. Admittedly, not a “math person” as a student herself, she was enlightened by a teacher who took the time to demonstrate the conceptual understanding of mathematics rather than the rote processes involved in specific algorithms. It was then, that Ellen developed a passion for mathematics and embarked upon an illustrious career to ensure that any student she had the opportunity to instruct would receive the same level of attention and understanding of mathematics that she experienced herself.
Ellen taught 4th grade at Defino Central Elementary School and was an integral part of the district’s Summer Arts and Tech program. She eventually transitioned into the role of one of the district’s first math facilitators where she had the ability to influence a larger body of students. In that capacity, Ellen was instrumental in designing mathematics instruction for both students who were in need of remediation as well as students who were in need of enrichment through the then new gifted math program. Regardless of the population she was serving, Ellen held steadfast to her philosophy: Teach conceptual understanding of mathematics and allow students the opportunity of productive struggle in order to own the content. Ellen’s door was always open to students, parents, and colleagues alike. She was always generous with her time and support. While at Defino, Ellen also served as a co-facilitator of the Title I P.O.W.E.R. program. For 7 years, she was instrumental in serving the Title I population and planning the annual Parent Academy. After several successful years as math facilitator, she applied to be the district’s first ever district data specialist for mathematics. This position, yet again, enabled Ellen to influence a larger population--now included administrators, teachers, and students districtwide--in a positive way.
There are no words for Ellen’s instinctive ability to teach mathematics in a way that is both emotionally and intellectually accessible. In fact, at the conclusion of one of the administrative meetings at which Ellen presented common assessment data, one administrator commented that Ellen was the “math whisperer.” Her ability to anticipate misconceptions by students and to turn those misapprehensions into discoverable, teachable moments is inimitable.
Ellen plans to begin this new chapter of her life by spending quality time with her husband, John, and enjoying the latest additions to her family as she recently became a grandmother to twins Mackenzie and Samantha. Ellen also enjoys photography, scrapbooking, reading, and relaxing at the beach. While her retirement will prove to be a loss of such unique talent for the district, we wish Ellen well and thank her for her 26 years of service to the community of Marlboro.
The career of Mrs. Maureen Hearty expands over 25 years and embodies instructional assistant positions at Robertsville, Asher Holmes, Marlboro Elementary, Marlboro Middle School and finally at Dugan where she has served as school nurse since September 2007.
Mrs. Hearty’s self-professed motto has always been: ‘to make a difference in the lives of children.’ This work ethic has framed her approach to nursing; most especially her time spent nurturing the needs of generations of Dugan Dragons, treating everything from hangnails, playground inspired bumps and bruises, mal-functioning Halloween costumes and the sometimes epidemic spread of homesickness.
Motivated not by ego, but by a genuine desire to make a difference in the lives of students and their families, the character of Mrs. Maureen Hearty will always be remembered through her reputation as a masterful nurse, her warm, calming demeanor and in her dedication to our students, their families, and the greater Marlboro community. It is widely known throughout Dugan, that if you’re sick and cannot be with your mother; Mrs. Hearty’s office is a close next best place.
On behalf of the entire Dugan and Marlboro community, we are grateful for her years of service to our children and families and her collegiality and friendship. We wish Mrs. Maureen Hearty happiness and health as she explores this next chapter of life and hopes she always remembers the doors of Dugan will remain open to her when she visits.
Katherine Sciarappa began her career in Marlboro in 1988 as a School Counselor at Marlboro Middle School before moving to Frank Defino Elementary School in 1990. During her years at Defino, Mrs. Sciarappa has been a precious resource for students and families, providing school-based counseling and support to families in crisis.
Mrs. Sciarappa is a lifelong learner, always looking for new and appropriate methodologies for the social and emotional benefit of children. She was the first to share her learning of Mindfulness with the school and district colleagues. In addition, she played a prominent role in developing the Character Education program at Defino. Over the years, Mrs. Scriarappa has participated in many district-level committees which include curriculum writing to currently sitting on the Response to Intervention committee. She has chaired the I&RS committee at Defino for the past 18 years and been actively involved in revising our protocols.
During her tenure, Mrs. Sciarappa has made a positive impact on the climate and culture of the building, by teaching and modeling the virtues of gratefulness, kindness, and respect. She has made it her mission to ensure that the culture and climate of Defino is a place where students, staff, and families feel supported. Mrs. Scriarappa will be missed, but we wish her the best in her retirement and a lifetime of joy and happiness.
ANN MARIE FAMENELLA
For 24 years, AnnMarie Femenella has served as an Instructional Aide in the Marlboro Township Public Schools. She began her career in Marlboro Elementary before arriving at Defino Central sixteen years ago.
Over her years in the district, Mrs. Femenella worked with a diverse student population, most recently in our self-contained classrooms. AnnMarie's sense of humor and ability to relate to even the most involved child is her legacy.
AnnMarie always has a smile on her face, not to mention an outfit for every major holiday. She brings a smile to everyone's face, as she walks down the hall! Her positive attitude, joy, and her laughter are contagious, touching students and staff alike.
In retirement, Mrs. Femenella plans on spending her time with her number one support team, her family; her wonderful husband of 41 years, three beautiful children, two wonderful sons-in-law, and her greatest treasures.. her three granddaughters!
For 14 years, Roseanne D’Auria has served as an Instructional Aide in the Marlboro Township Public Schools. She began her career in Robertsville Elementary School, before moving to Dugan, and then arriving at Defino Central.
Over her years in the district, Mrs. D’Auria worked with a diverse student population and across all grade levels. In her retirement, Mrs.D’Auria plans on spending her time down the shore with her family and grandson.
From Richard Pagliaro
Although my time at Dugan has been brief, I had the pleasure of sitting down one-on-one with Elyse Scheiner at the beginning of the school year. The intent was to discuss goals and what she was passionate about learning. Within a few seconds of sitting down, Elyse’s purpose was clear: she was meant to be an educator and an advocate for students for which English was a second language. Mrs. Scheiner spoke about collaborating with teachers and getting to know her families. She campaigned for the ESL department saying, “Please promise to keep us in your plans.” Elyse spoke about how excited she was to participate in our EdCamp Professional Development and how she created a “Can-Do” bulletin board to help her students to celebrate successes - she certainly was a champion for a growth mindset. In planning to retire, Elyse shared what a truly difficult decision it was for her to make. We wish her many happy years in all of her future endeavors - both personally and professionally! Marlboro Township Public Schools is certainly losing the “right kind of person.
From Mitch Shatz
Elyse Scheiner followed her passion in becoming certified as an English as a Second Language teacher. This passion showed in her commitment to her students, continually going above and beyond her duties to ease the transition into this country, as well as supporting students in their quest to master the English language. She was also seen as an invaluable resource to her colleagues. In a short time, Mrs. Scheiner mastered the complex roles and responsibilities of the position. Her efforts should be commended. She will surely be missed. We wish her well in the next chapter of her life.
Caron Becker has been an instructional assistant supporting students and teachers in Marlboro for the past 14 years. We have been blessed to have her at Robertsville Elementary for the past two years. Caron has always been willing to do whatever is needed to help our students and staff -- starting each day by greeting them with a warm smile. Caron has been flexible, working in a variety of different settings over the years -- she has supported in general education and self-contained classrooms -- but regardless of the setting, she has always shown her students they were important to her and she would be there for them every step of the way. Selfishly, we are sorry to see Caron retire, but we are also excited for her as she begins this new journey. We wish her nothing but happiness and relaxation in retirement and sincerely thank her for fourteen great years of service to the students and families of Marlboro.
Ceil Mullanaphy has announced her intention to retire from the Marlboro Township Schools at the end of this year after being a valued employee for 25 years. During that time, Ceil has worked with hundreds of students and colleagues and has left a lasting impression on each one. She has dedicated her time and efforts to providing exceptional care for the students at Asher Holmes Elementary School and has seen our District and community evolve since she began as a school nurse in 1994.
Ceil is known to staff for her cheerful demeanor and has been described as an incredible nurse, team player, and friend. To students and parents she is a trusted caretaker who knows how to dole out just the right balance of tough love and comforting hugs. Ceil is a lifelong learner and has always been concerned with helping to maintain both students' and staff members’ emotional well-being just as much as managing any physical ailments that arise. She has been known to make phone calls at night to students' homes to check in on how their feeling or get an update on a doctor’s visit.
Described as possessing a welcoming smile and open heart, Ceil will certainly be missed. While her time working in Marlboro has come to an end, her imprint on our school and the friendships she has created are timeless. Both the students and staff hope that Ceil will return yearly for a St. Patrick’s celebrations, as the holiday will not be the same without the appearance of Asher’s very own dancing leprechaun! The Asher community wishes her well in this new chapter of her life and hopes that she knows what an asset she was both to the students and staff.
Good luck and best wishes, Ceil, for a retirement filled with good health, quality time with family and friends, and lots of laughter! You certainly deserve all of this and more after all you have given to the Asher Holmes Community!
Prior to joining the Marlboro Township Public School District in September 2005, Debbie Staloff logged 12 years in the field of Speech Therapy at the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County as a Consulting Audiologist and as a Supervisor of the OT/PT & Speech Departments.
Debbie’s tenure in Marlboro began on September 1, 2005 where she made her home at Frank J. Dugan Elementary School; she has been with us ever since. Ms. Staloff, as true to her reputation and past practices, has served the district proudly as an exceptional speech therapist who always goes above and beyond her duties to connect with her students and their families. Debbie was passionate about providing opportunities for children and parents alike whether through workshops or outside the box activities. In more recent years, she was happy to spearhead a Marlboro Education Foundation Grant in which she was rewarded with the interactive software, Hear Builder, which assisted her in working to build following directions, phonemic awareness, sequencing, and auditory memory skills with her students.
Debbie is to be commended for her fluency and passion as a therapist, which is reflected in her teaching. She continually looks to incorporate technology in the classroom and always demonstrates a strong knowledge of her students’ needs and the resources that are available to use. Her enthusiasm for her students motivates them to continually strive to do their best.
Mrs. Staloff will truly be missed by all of her Dugan family but we wish her well as she enters the next phase of her life.
Marilis Silva has served as a teacher of the handicapped here in the Marlboro Township Public Schools for eleven and a half years. Ms. Silva was extremely passionate about her role as a teacher, always going above and beyond each day to best meet the needs of her students. Ms. Silva has made a great impact on the children, families and staff members at Defino Central who have had the pleasure of working with her. Ms. Silva has been instrumental in not only advocating for her students, but also sharing her knowledge, skills, and expertise of students with disabilities with others. Ms. Silva has worked hard to celebrate and help develop events to embrace awareness for students with disabilities. We wish Ms. Silva happiness and good health in her retirement. She will be missed.
As she begins her retirement, we congratulate Robin Shoblock for her eight years of service to the students of Marlboro Middle. Robin joined the staff in 2010 as a special education teacher whose background focused on literacy. Her goal, regardless of position or assignment was to "fulfill her vision of helping students to find the joy in reading." Robin, please know that you met your goal. Robin shared with me that as she reflects on her years at MMS, she is grateful for the support and friendship she received and was able to offer to her colleagues. Robin added a special thank you to the administration and the Marlboro BOE for helping her to achieve her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher. We wish Robin good health and opportunities to enjoy her family; particularly her grandchildren.
Mrs. Vicki Warnock will retire at the end of the 2018-2019 school year. Robertsville has been blessed to have Vicki as our school nurse for the past five years. Vicki is incredibly knowledgeable, calm and cool in pressure situations and an outstanding communicator with parents and staff.
Vicki has been in the nursing field since 1971 working in staff, managerial, and teaching positions in hospital fields of OR, labor and delivery and home care in New York and New Jersey. She was coordinator of the MKSHC in St John in the US Virgin islands for 4 years. She was always drawn to teaching, assuming various leadership roles as a nurse and even taught health and personal growth at Freehold’s Biotech High School. Despite only being in our district for a short time, Vicki quickly became a leader among her colleagues in the district and was instrumental in a number of initiatives to improve our safety protocols and procedures.
A little-known fact about Vicki is that she sang in Atlantic City and around the country with StreetHeart Girlz, an all female Doo Wop group. You can still catch her on Facebook, on oldies doo wop radio stations, and on channel 13 from time to time! These days she sings with Sweet Adelines International as part of the Heart of New Jersey performance chorus , and in June will be singing in a Festival Chorus performing in the UK and the Netherlands. They will be singing at the Liverpool Convention Center. Vicki is also very active in her community as president of Friends of the Library, as a member of the Freehold Borough Board of Health, assisting at the free rabies clinics and as a medical reserve corps member for Monmouth County.
Vicki will be sorely missed by the Robertsville community! We wish her the best as she begins this next chapter. We know she will continue to make a difference lifting spirits with her singing group and through her support and leadership in local organizations.
Linda Palmieri joined the Marlboro school district in 1993 as a cafeteria assistant at Marlboro Elementary school. After seven years, Linda joined the team of Instructional Assistants. She worked at Robertsville, Asher and Marlboro Elementary before transferring to Marlboro Middle. Her years at Middle have been devoted to working with students in our self contained programs; specifically supporting the autism program. Linda finds great joy in seeing former students in restaurants and shopping malls and talking with them about their accomplishments as young men and women.
We wish Linda happiness and good health as she begins her retirement. She is looking forward to spending time with her family, especially her grandsons, Anthony, Carmelo, and Andrew.
Linda DeVito began her 28 years of service to the Marlboro Township Public Schools in 1991. During her time here, she had served under five different principals while working at Frank J. Dugan Elementary School and Marlboro Elementary School. She began her career in as a lunch aide from 1991 through 1996 at Dugan, than as an instructional assistant both at Dugan and MarEl.
During her career in Marlboro, she has built many memories, but some of her favorites include: Working with wonderful teachers and support staff who found value in what she contributed to the classroom such as her life experience, academic background, and skill-set working with students with special needs. Her most fond memory is working with students with special-needs in the general education setting and seeing them progress towards reaching their goals. What was most rewarding to her was watching students have ” aha! moments” and to know that she played a role in that. Linda has left her mark on the district in several ways, including: collaborating with the Supervisor of Special Education in the development of a new observation rubric for instructional assistants and mentoring new instructional assistants through navigating their questions and helping them implement different strategies to assist students in the classroom. In her retirement, Linda plans to stay busy spending more time with her grandchildren in Connecticut, traveling with her husband, volunteering, gardening, and painting.
Mrs. DeVito wants everybody to know how especially proud she is of designing bulletin boards of 9/11 Memorial Flags made with Mrs. Murphy. These flags adorn the 5th grade hallway every year. Linda DeVito has left her mark on the faculty, staff and students of Marlboro Elementary School. Her service to the school and the district should be commended. We wish her well in her retirement.
Mrs. Neusa “Nay” Wagner, Instructional Assistant at Memorial, is retiring at the end of this school year after 25 years of service to the Marlboro School District. After leaving her native Brazil and careers in education and private industry, Mrs. Wagner began her career in Marlboro as a Lunch Aide at Frank Defino Central School. She then transitioned to Marlboro Middle School where she was able to share her love for her native language and culture as a World Language Instructional Assistant. She then moved to Marlboro Memorial when it opened in 2003. Throughout her years at Memorial she continued to demonstrate her deep commitment to the students she serves. She is truly a dedicated and genuinely caring Assistant who could often be found chaperoning after school concerts and plays at Memorial. Always flexible and willing to perform any and every task asked of her in servicing the needs of students and assisting teachers, Mrs. Wagner is a valued member of our Special Education staff. She is regarded as someone who can be called upon to take on a job and carry it out with professionalism and effectiveness.
Her Memorial family wishes Nay a wonderful retirement and many years to enjoy the freedom to travel to Brazil for visits with her family. Nay will also be continuing work as a translator, and she will also be busy planning her son’s upcoming wedding in Puerto Rico.
Mrs. Joanne Lewis , Instructional Assistant, has announced her plans to retire from the Marlboro Township Schools after 25 years of dedicated service. For the past quarter of a century, Mrs. Lewis has shown true dedication to the academic achievement of students in both middle schools by providing individualized and small group assistance and instruction in many different classroom settings. Students look to her for security, support and comfort as well as academic assistance, and she gently encourages students to work to their potential. Through the years, Mrs. Lewis has developed warm working relationships with students and staff alike, and her frequent presence at after school concerts and plays at Memorial is further evidence of her dedication to the district and her desire to support her students. Mrs. Lewis is a true asset to MMMS.
The Memorial family wishes Mrs. Lewis well in this new chapter of her life and hopes that she enjoys many happy and healthy years with her family including her children and grandchildren. She is especially looking forward to visits with her Mom in Florida, and the chance to spend more time with her brother in Michigan.
Shelly Roth began her 23 years of service to the Marlboro Township Public Schools in 1997. During her time here, she has served under three different principals while working solely at Marlboro Elementary School. During most of her tenure at Marlboro Elementary School, Mrs. Roth served as a grade 1 - 2 self contained teacher. In addition, she has also served as a resource room teacher in grades 1 - 4 and as an inclusion teacher in grades 4 and 5.
When asked about her favorite memories during her career, Mrs. Roth spoke fondly of her class pets. Her first memory was about her class rabbit named Freckles who ran around the classroom all day. Freckles helped several of the students build self-esteem and focus as well as apply themselves academically through expressing themselves both verbally and through writing. Mrs. Roth also recalled a humorous story in which she was supposed to have received several small frogs for her classroom, however, due to a mixup with the supplier received several very large bullfrogs who ate over 75 crickets everyday. This vignette exemplifies Mrs. Roth's ability to make the best out of a situation and go with the flow. Accordingly, when asked about the mark she will leave on the district, Mrs. Roth mentioned improving the self-esteem and developing the feeling of a” can do” attitude within her students that faced some of the most significant challenges.
In her retirement, Mrs. Roth plans to spend her time in the Catskill Mountains with her husband, train her dog to become a certified therapy dog, volunteer in nursing homes and work with horses. Most importantly, she also plans to hone her skills in becoming the best grandmother. Mrs. Roth wants everybody to know how wonderful her experience has been working with the many incredible and inspiring students she has met through her years here.
Shelly Roth has left her mark on the faculty, staff and students of Marlboro Elementary School. Her service to the school and the district should be commended. We wish her well in her retirement.
Mrs. Diane Leggio , Instructional Assistant, has announced her plans to retire from the Marlboro Township Schools after 30 years of dedicated service. Mrs. Leggio began her career with the Marlboro School District in September 1989 as a Lunch Aide before transitioning to Instructional Assistant in 1999. As an Instructional Assistant, Mrs. Leggio has provided invaluable assistance to countless students in Asher Holmes, Frank Defino Central, Robertsville Elementary, the David Abbott Early Learning Center and , most recently, Marlboro Memorial Middle School. Mrs. Leggio will be missed not only for her unfailing willingness to help wherever and whenever it was needed, but for the kindness she shows to anyone she encounters. Mrs. Leggio will be remembered as a caring and compassionate colleague and a dedicated Instructional Assistant. Her Memorial family wishes Mrs. Leggio well in this new chapter of her life and hopes that she enjoys good health and the luxury of more time to spend with her much beloved grandchildren, family and friends.
Joan Donatelli began her tenure with Marlboro Township Public Schools in September of 1994. She quickly became a valued instructional assistant by working collaboratively with students, teachers, parents, and administrators. Her pleasant demeanor and caring attitude helped to establish a positive rapport with all of her students.
As someone that Dugan could rely upon, Mrs. Donatelli always handled her responsibilities with pride and competence. Meeting the needs of her students was first and foremost while adapting to varying teaching styles with each assignment. Instructionally, Mrs. Donatelli was able to stimulate students’ interest and curiosity while simultaneously motivating them to succeed with lesson objectives.
We wish Mrs. Donatelli many years of health and happiness in her years of retirement and sincerely thank her for 25 years of dedicated service to Marlboro Township Public Schools.
Angela Rosiello joined Marlboro schools in 2003 as a cafeteria aide at Defino Central Elementary School. She also worked as an Instructional Assistant at Defino and then, in 2015, transferred to Marlboro Middle. While she has been with us for just five years, she has made such a positive impact on staff and students that it is my pleasure to acknowledge her accomplishments and contributions to our school. Her graciousness, compassion, team spirit, camaraderie, and love for children is apparent in every decision she makes and every action she takes. Her kindness has helped students to reach their greater potential. We will truly miss Angela and wish her the best as she begins her next adventure in Texas with her husband, Ray, and daughters, Olivia and Jaclyn.
Loriz Burke began her employment in Marlboro, September 2003. For the past 16 years, she has fulfilled all assignments as an Instructional Assistant. Loriz has worked in our self-contained classrooms as well as in our general education classes supporting students with special needs. Back in 2014, Loriz’s assignment included providing assistance in our Spanish classes to support students learning another language. We are so appreciative of her service to students in so many different settings. We wish Loriz a happy and healthy retirement as she begins her next chapter. We know that she plans to spend time in Columbia with her family as well as enjoying her children and grandchildren here in New Jersey.
Mrs. Deborah Piccinnini is retiring at the end of this school year after 16 years as an Instructional Assistant at Marlboro Memorial Middle School. Mrs. Piccinnini began her career in the Marlboro School District as a Cashier and Lunch Aide before transitioning to Instructional Assistant in 2003. Throughout her career, Mrs. Piccinnini demonstrated her deep commitment to her Memorial students and she was always willing to do what was best for them. She is an extremely dedicated and genuinely caring Assistant who helps every student feel that he or she can expand their current skills. She frequently worked as a one to one Instructional Assistant and was instrumental in providing her students with strategies to help them acquire independent skills. In addition, Mrs. Piccinnini developed positive working relationships with all of her colleagues. She was frequently requested by teachers to be in their classrooms.
Mrs. Piccinnini has been a valued member of our Special Education staff who said she considered it her privilege to serve the children of Marlboro throughout her tenure. Mrs. Piccinnini’s Memorial family wishes her many years of good health as she embarks on this next chapter in her life. We hope she enjoys trips to New England, concerts in Tanglewood, and time to spend with friends and family, including her two sons and grandchildren.
Lisa Casey began her tenure as an instructional assistant on November 17, 2004. During her time with the Marlboro Township Public School District, Lisa quickly became a valued colleague as she proved to be conscientious, professional, and empathetic towards her students. In working with students in need, she approached each one with encouragement while also preserving their integrity and simultaneously honoring the role of the classroom teacher as the lead instructor.
Ms. Casey handled her responsibilities with pride and competence. She was often called upon to keep students focused, to provide one-on-one or small-group guided practice, or to re-teach skills and concepts. With each assignment, she met the needs of her students while honoring their overarching goal of independence.
In her retirement, Lisa plans on spending more time with her own children, but also taking some time for herself. We wish Ms. Casey many years of health and happiness in her years of retirement and sincerely thank her for 15 years of dedicated service to Marlboro Township Public Schools.
Wendy Goldstein began her tenure with Marlboro Township Public Schools in September of 1998. She quickly became a valued instructional assistant by working collaboratively with students, teachers, parents, and administrators. Her warm, friendly, and encouraging demeanor helped to establish a positive rapport with all of her students.
As someone that Dugan could rely upon, Mrs. Goldstein always handled her responsibilities with pride and competence. Meeting the needs of her students was first and foremost while adapting to varying teaching styles with each assignment.
In her retirement, Wendy and her husband plan on traveling and moving closer to their children who live in Lawrenceville, NJ and Maryland. We wish Mrs. Goldstein many years of health and happiness in her years of retirement and sincerely thank her for 20 years of dedicated service to Marlboro Township Public Schools.
Ellen Gross has been an instructional assistant supporting teachers and students in Marlboro for the past 26 plus years. Ellen joined the staff of Robertsville at the beginning of this school year and previously spent time in a number of district schools. She started her career in the POP (pre-school opportunities program) that operated out of the old Robertsville School House, she later moved to Marlboro Elementary where she spent the bulk of her career (17 years) before asking to return to the Early Learning Center to work with students in kindergarten. Ellen will miss the aha moments from students and watching them grow from year to year. She will also miss the staff, her colleagues and friends -- she shared that each school she worked in became a second home and family to her. She is proud of the longevity of her career and sticking with it regardless of any obstacles -- she always felt the work was meaningful and important. In retirement, Ellen is hoping to find some part-time work to keep busy, she would like to find extra time to exercise and is looking forward to visiting her family more frequently ~ her mom in Florida and kids and grandkids in Washington, DC and Colorado. We want to thank Ellen for all of her years of service and wish her the very best in retirement!