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School District of the Chathams Says Farewell to 11 Retiring Teachers

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Chatham resident Kathryn Leonard is retiring after teaching for 18 years in the School District of the Chathams Credits: TAP Chatham
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CHATHAM, NJ - After years of teaching in the district, the 11 teachers retiring during and following the 2016-17 school year have certainly established a legacy for themselves in Chatham’s halls. Four out of the five schools in the district will be sending loyal teachers off with gratitude and bittersweet goodbyes.

Retiring from Milton Avenue School following the end of the current school year are Kathryn Leonard, elementary teacher for grades 1-3, and Lydia Lewycky, teacher of special education.

Doreen Repsha will be the sole teacher retiring from a long career at Washington Avenue School following the year’s close.

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Chatham Middle School will be retiring five dedicated teachers -- world language teachers Kathleen Riva and Joan Jensen, ELA cycle teacher Karla Webb, Secretary to the Principal Margaret Driscoll, and science teacher Cheryl DiDomenico.

The sole retiree from Chatham High School will be health and physical education instructor Marybeth Giegel. In addition, the district will also miss Marguerite Murphy, Executive Secretary to the Superintendent, and Josephine Serrano, District Supervisor of World Languages.

 Milton Avenue School will be saying goodbye to basic skills teacher Leonard. She has been teaching at Milton for 18 years, initially as a special education instructor, followed by her time as a third grade teacher, and finally finishing her career as a Basic Skills instructor.

Having taught since her first year out of college, Leonard has made an impact teaching in a variety of different areas, including Virginia, New York, and Gill St. Bernards in Bernardsville before she began her career at Chatham.

“I live in Chatham and my children attended Chatham schools so I've been associated with the district for 31 years,” Leonard said. “It's been a fun and rewarding experience.”

Another grateful farewell will be directed toward Repsha of Washington Avenue School. Repsha has taught at Washington for 10 years, starting as a paraprofessional before progressing to special education, and finally becoming a Basic Skills teacher. Repsha also worked as an elementary school teacher in other districts prior to working at Chatham.

“I have been so fortunate to work in the School District of the Chathams and to grow as a professional with dedicated and creative colleagues,” Repsha said. “The supportive parent community and the amazing students that I have taught make it difficult to say goodbye. I will always remember my time in Chatham with fond memories and I am proud to have been a part of educating the students of this exemplary school district.”

 

 

 

 

 

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