HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education honored two retiring teachers and an administrator to open the May meeting Thursday night through the online streaming platform Periscope. 

High school math teacher Shoshana Michaeli and middle school special education teacher Catherine Kievitt are both retiring from the classroom at the end of the school year. Rita Popadich is retiring from the Business Office.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Matthew Helfant spoke about each.

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"Our test scores are going to go down," he joked about Michaeli's retirement, saying "she always comes in early, always well prepared and always available." She taught in the district for 18 years.

Popadich is retiring after 13 years in the Business office. Helfant wished her well in retirement, noting she was going to spend more time with her family.

Kievitt is leaving the district after 35 years. Helfant said "she's always been steady...consistent, dependable, reliable...she made a real difference."

"Catherine Kievitt (MS) and Shoshana Michaeli (HS) both educators were and still are the pinnacle in teaching professionalism and will be missed greatly," said Michael Warren, head of the Hasbrouck Heights Education Association. "Hasbrouck Heights is losing two wonderful teachers to the greener pastures of a retirement that is well-deserved and earned. I know I will miss seeing them each and every day."  

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