Elwood Educators Celebrated

Elwood Educators Celebrated photo

As the 2017-18 school year is wrapping up, the district held a special reception for all those who were awarded tenure, as well as this year’s retirees and 25-year employees, at the Board of Education Meeting on June 7.

Administrators, faculty members, and loved ones filled the middle school auditorium for the commendations of these special members of the Elwood community.

“Each and every person being celebrated tonight has been such an integral part of making the Elwood community what it is,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert, as he opened the meeting.

Teachers receiving tenure were recognized first, each by the principal of their corresponding school. These teachers included Lori Fornaro, Adrienne Nasser, and Carolyn Pollina.

Retiring staff and faculty members were commended for dedicating their lives to educating students, and for never losing sight of each child individually. Those recognized were Lauren Buchholz, Laura Fisher, Jane Geng, Sharon Gosman, Laura Irace, Kristine Kalinowski, Timothy Kenyon, Sandra Krueger, Sean McGinty, Patricia Pascarella, Martha Simpson, Nancy Schwier, and Donna Verton.

Trophies for those employees with 25 years of service were presented to educators Wendy Blair-Braxton, Stephen Gengenbach, Therese Lopipero, Michelle Ottley, and Christina Tellekamp. Both the administration and the Board of Education commended each person for their dedication and hard work throughout the years.

In addition, Emma Koster was recognized for excellence in her role as the 2017-18 Student Liaison to the Board of Education. Both Dr. Bossert and Board of Education President Julia Fried praised her for the thoroughness of her monthly reports, and expressed confidence in the greatness she will accomplish in college and beyond.