ROXBURY, NJ - The Roxbury Township Board of Education recently recognized 30 professional and support staff members who retired throughout the 2016/2017 school year. Collectively, they contributed 460 years to the education and support of the students in Roxbury and 593 years in education overall.

The Roxbury administration and board of education wished all retirees the best of luck in their retirement. The 2016/2017 retiring certificated personnel includes administrators, teachers, and counselors. They are:

Name

Position/School

Date of Retirement

No. Years in District

Total Years of Service

Judith Antonelli

Basic Skills Teacher

Nixon School

01/01/2017

33 Years

33 Years

Dr. Linda Bowles

Assistant Principal

Roxbury High School

09/01/2016

12 Years

38 Years

Deborah Baxter

Grade 8 Math Teacher

Eisenhower Middle School

07/01/2017

24 Years

25 Years

Roxanne Benbow

School Counselor

Lincoln/Roosevelt School

07/01/2017

16 Years

32 Years

Carolyn Bourdon

Grade 5 Teacher

Lincoln/Roosevelt School

07/01/2017

20 Years

24 Years

Carolyn Cuda

Special Education Teacher

Jefferson School

07/01/2017

13 Years

16 Years

Jack Curtis

Principal

Lincoln/Roosevelt School

07/01/2017

17 Years

48 Years

Regina Downs

Health/PE Teacher

Lincoln/Roosevelt School

01/01/2017

23 Years

30 Years

Frank Dekmar

Health/PE Teacher

Roxbury High School

02/01/2017

34 Years

34 Years

Cathy Freund

Grade 2 Teacher

Franklin School

07/01/2017

26 Years

28 Years

Janet Hawthorne

Media Specialist

Franklin/Nixon Schools

12/31/2016

27 Years

33 Years

Bruce Heike

English Teacher

Roxbury High School

07/01/2017

37 Years

37 Years

Joann Hughes

Visual Arts Teacher

Roxbury High School

07/01/2017

25 Years

25 Years

Kathryn Inge

Physical Education Teacher

Lincoln/Roosevelt Teacher

07/01/2017

19 Years

19 Years

Marti Lepri

Speech Language Therapist

Jefferson School

07/01/2017

11 Years

33 Years

Eileen Lockburner

Grade 3 Teacher

Franklin School

01/01/2017

16 Years

22 Years

Lorraine Lynch

Vocal Music  Teacher

Roxbury High School

07/01/2017

33 Years

33 Years

Carol McStay

Math Teacher

Roxbury High School

07/01/2017

10 Years

10 Years

Daphne Mott

Media Specialist

Lincoln/Roosevelt School

03/01/2017

11 Years

11 Years

Debra Sokolowsky

Grade 4 Teacher

Kennedy Elementary School

07/01/2017

35 years

36 years

Marilyn Waters

Family & Consumer Science Teacher Roxbury High School

07/01/2017

18 Years

26 Years

The 2016/2017 retiring support personnel includes secretaries, maintenance, paraprofessionals, and bus drivers. They are:

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Name

Position/School

Date of Retirement

No. Years in District

Total Years of Service

Ann Marie Clebak

Principal’s Secretary

Lincoln/Roosevelt School

08/01/2016

24 Years

24 Years

Thelma Cowan

Transportation Aide

Transportation Department

07/01/2017

25 Years

25 Years

Dennis Elliott

Bus Driver

Transportation Department

02/01/2017

19 Years

19 Years

Raymond Mainiero

Maintenance Foreman

Buildings & Grounds

04/01/2017

13 Years

13 Years

Donald Sherrer

Groundskeeper

Buildings & Grounds

7/1/2017

33 Years

33 Years

Patricia Sherrer

Bus Driver

Transportation Department

01/01/2017

29 Years

29 Years

Beatrice Strohmeyer

Director’s Secretary

Special Services

08/01/2016

31 Years

32 Years

Stephanie Thiel

Superintendent’s Secretary

Central Office

09/01/2016

14 Years

22 Years

Betty Ann Tola

Bus Driver

Transportation Department

09/01/2016

18 Years

18 Years

The board also recognized a few other individuals and teams from Roxbury High School.

Roxbury High School Athletic Trainer, Joseph Koch was presented the 2017 Newall National Athletic Trainer of the Year Award by Dr. Claudia Ginsburg from Tri-County Orthopedic in Morristown.

“The Newell National Athletic Trainer of the Year Award recognizes athletic trainers for the service and leadership they provide local athletic communities," according to the Newell Award’s website. "In partnership with lead orthopedic practices, one local athletic trainer from each participating region is selected to be considered for the Newall National Athletic Trainer of the Year Award. The award is based on examples of service, leadership, and shared experiences from community members."

Koch was awarded $2,500 for Roxbury High School and $10,000 as the National Award recipient.

Roxbury High School Principal Jeff Swanson acknowledged the Class of 2017 Valedictorian Kaley Ubellacker and Salutatorian Jessica Miklinski. 

High school athletic director Stuart Mason recognized and presented plaques to three spring sports teams who all excelled this past season. Coach Christopher Blough spoke on behalf of the boys lacrosse team as it was the 2017 NJAC National Division Champion and NJILL Riszk Division Champion.

Retiring teacher and head boys’ golf coach Bruce Heike shared his accolades for the 2017 NJAC National Division co-champions and head baseball coach Gregory Trotter recognized some of his players from this year’s 2017 NJAC National Division champions.