BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District recently bade good-bye to nearly three dozen staff and faculty members who will retire from the school system at the end of the current academic year.

The group was recognized individually at the online May 28 meeting of the board of education.
 
“We honor them tonight, and their immeasurable impact on our students,” said superintendents Russell Lazovick, who lamented that the recognition could not be done in person due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “We wish them well on their journey, and they will be missed.”
 

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Each of thee 33 retirees was honored individually, in alphabetical order, with his or her name, photo, title and years of service displayed on a slide.

  • Jennie Begeja, Elementary School Teacher, Hillside Intermediate School (16 years service)
  • Susan Blackford, Special Education Teacher, Bridgewater-Raritan High School (15 years)
  • Nancy Camperchioli, Secretary, Van Holten Primary School (14 years)
  • Mary Lynn Checchio, Transportation Department Secretary, Wade Administration Building (13 years)
  • Carole Cox, Café/Play Assistant, Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School (18 years)
  • Linda Cuccaro, Teacher of World Language/Spanish, Bridgewater-Raritan High School (21 years)
  • Alyson Elder, Elementary School Teacher, Eisenhower Intermediate School (24 years)
  • Vincent Fedele, Science Teacher, Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School (51 years)
  • Deborah Flanagan, Principal’s Secretary, Crim Primary School (11 years)
  • Elizabeth Giana, Elementary Teacher, Crim Primary School (23 years)
  • Kirk Hamrah, Health and Physical Education Teacher, Bridgewater-Raritan High School (20 years)
  • Paula Herbes, Teacher of Science, Bridgewater-Raritan High School (24 years)
  • Judith Judge, Special Education Teacher, Adamsville Primary School (21 years)
  • Mark Koenig, Teacher of Science, Bridgewater-Raritan High School (15 years)
  • Beth Leavy, Teacher of Social Studies, Bridgewater-Raritan High School (20 years)
  • Adriana Leon, Executive Secretary for Personnel, Wade Administration Building (25 years)
  • Katrina Macht, Science/Language Arts Teacher, Hillside Intermediate School (30 years)
  • Susan Mary Morris, Elementary School Teacher, Eisenhower Intermediate School (34 years)
  • Timothy Ortelli, Health and Physical Education Teacher, Bridgewater-Raritan High School (26 years)
  • Beth Perna, Teacher of Mathematics, Bridgewater-Raritan High School (25 years)
  • Viola Prevete, Principal's Secretary, Hillside Intermediate School (26 years)
  • Deborah Read, Family and Consumer Science Teacher, Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School (16 years)
  • Irene Roglieri, School Nurse, Bridgewater-Raritan High School (25 years)
  • Joanna Rose, Media Specialist, Milltown Primary School (16 years)
  • Alice Steinheimer, Assistant Superintendent for Special Services, Wade Administration Building (2 years)
  • Lynn Sternberg, Elementary School Teacher, Eisenhower Intermediate School (19 years)
  • Debra Trapani, Principal’s Secretary, Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School (29 years)
  • Bruce Vakiener, School Psychologist, Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School (24 years)
  • Walter Van Gilson, Maintenance Worker, Maintenance Department (18 years)
  • Curt Weaver, Elementary School Teacher, Van Holten Primary School (25 years)
  • Sandy Yohn, Special Education Teacher, Bridgewater-Raritan High School (19 years)
  • Mauria Zalavary-Kunkel, Special Education Teacher, Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School (21 years)
  • Hollis Zwerko, Instructional Assistant, Bradley Gardens Primary School (20 years)

“I convey mine and the board’s sincere gratitude for all you’ve done,” Lazovick said.
 
School board president Jackie Barlow also offered her own congratulations to the retirees, and wished them luck in the future.
 
“Your expertise and knowledge will be missed,” she said.