The Holy Trinity community came together to bid farewell and celebrate the careers of two pillars of Holy Trinity School, Sr. Maureen Fichner, Principal of Holy Trinity School in Westfield and Leslie Lewis, Director of Early Childhood Education at the Mountainside Campus. Both have spent their long and successful careers dedicated to education. Hosted by the Home and School Association of Holy Trinity School, the event was held at the school and was well attended by Parents, teachers and alumni. Sr. Maureen and Mrs. Lewis were honored with speeches by Fr. Anthony Randazzo, pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, and longtime Holy Trinity School Parent Thomas Kelly, respectively. Parents and Alumni shared memories and thanked both women for their dedication and service. Sr. Maureen and Mrs. Lewis each thanked the attendees for the well wishes and spoke of their many wonderful years at Holy Trinity School.
Sr. Maureen Fichner will be retiring after 52 years of service. Sr. Maureen belongs to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Philadelphia and was a teacher and principal for many years. Upon coming to Holy Trinity she first taught science in the upper grades. She then became principal and has been in that position for the past 11 years. As principal, Sr. Maureen has successfully led Holy Trinity in becoming a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, as well as Middle States accredited. Sr. Maureen has been more than just an administrator. She has been the warm and friendly face of Holy Trinity, who makes a point to great each and every child in the morning at drop-off, in sun, rain, sleet or snow. Sr. Maureen has touched the lives of many children and her impact on Catholic education has been far-reaching.
Leslie Lewis, Director Early Childhood Education of Mountainside Campus, is also retiring after a long and successful career at Holy Trinity School. She has served as the Director of Early Childhood Education at the Mountainside campus since its inception in 2001. Mrs. Lewis has extensive experience as an early childhood educator. She is credited with helping the Early Childhood Center grow from having only a pre-K and full-day Kindergarten to a program that now serves 2-year-olds as well as pre-K3, pre-K4 and full-day Kindergarten. Her dedication and compassion will be missed.
Both administrators have helped instill a level of academic rigor and commitment to faith that make Holy Trinity an outstanding institution of Catholic education in Westfield and Mountainside. Their legacy will be felt for many years.
Since 1916, Holy Trinity School has provided a quality Catholic education to Westfield and the surrounding communities. A 2011 National Blue Ribbon and a Middle States accredited school, its mission is to educate students to actualize their full, individual potential, both spiritually and academically. For more information on Holy Trinity School please go to www.htisnj.com.