Tenured Teachers, Retiree Recognized at South Plainfield BOE Meeting

Tenure recipient and Rooosevelt speech pathologist Chelsea Walsh with her family, Superintendent Dr. Noreen Lishak, and Roosevelt Principal Robert Diehl. Credits: Victoria Caruso
Tenure recipient and Roosevelt special education teacher Tara Martinetti with her family, Superintendent Dr. Noreen Lishak, and Roosevelt Principal Robert Diehl. Credits: Victoria Caruso
Mary Cameron, an employee with Sodexo who has worked with the South Plainfield Food Services Program for 22 years, was recognized at the board of education's Feb. 21 meting. Cameron retired Jan. 26. Credits: Victoria Caruso

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – At the South Plainfield Board of Education’s Feb. 21 meeting, two Roosevelt Elementary School teachers were awarded tenure and longtime employee with Sodexo was recognized for her years of service.

Roosevelt Principal Robert Diehl was on hand to present to tenure certificates to special education teacher Tara Martinetti and speech pathologist Chelsea Walsh and ‘officially, formally, and publicly’ congratulate them on the accomplishment.

“Tara does an outstanding job in the classroom. She is a very effective teacher [who] works hard every day,” said Diehl, noting that Martinetti has been teaching special education for seven years and is presently a first grade teacher at Roosevelt. “Tara demonstrates a high level of caring and understanding and, in the area of special needs, that is very important.”

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Walsh, who brings to South Plainfield 13 years of experience, conducts all the pre-screenings for preschool speech and, according to Diehl, demonstrates a ‘high level of professionalism’ each day. “In addition to being very hard working, [Walsh] is extremely efficient with her time, which is important because in a curriculum-packed day, she is able to work with these children,” said the principal, adding, “Every minute of service these children get is so important and Chelsea makes must out of every single minute.”

During the meeting, retiring Sodexo employee and borough resident Mary Cameron was also recognized. Over 22 years, Cameron moved up the ranks serving as a cafeteria worker, supervisor, and, since 2004,  as food services director. She officially retired Jan. 26. 

“I had the pleasure to work with her for about a year and a half and although that is not all that long, I have gotten to know her well because we worked very closely,” said South Plainfield's Interim Buisness Administrator James Damato, describing Cameron as one of the ‘most valued employees.’ “…We are so proud of her for all of the things that she has done. She has been a tremendous asset to the district…[and] we will miss her a great deal.”

The South Plainfield Board of Education will hold its next Committee of the Whole meeting on Wednesday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school media center. The public is welcome to attend.

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