Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Retiring Staff Will Be Missed

via Mt. Lebanon School District, mtlsd.org
Retiring Staff will be Missed
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June 10, 2010

Congratulations to our retiring staff members. The group of 13 teachers and 2 administrators represent over 468 years of teaching expertise and experience in the Mt. Lebanon School District. Their devotion and dedication to Mt. Lebanon students and the community deserves our thanks, appreciation, and best wishes on a well deserved retirement. They will all be missed.

Pictured in the photo from left to right: Steve Bullick, Lynn Van Raaphorst, Kathy Pattak, Diane Sanner, Ellen Wilf, Robin Harding, Yolanda Tafi, Pam Helfrich, Jeri Stoehr, Bob Mallery, Ivan Ober.

• Robin Harding began teaching here in the 1978-79 school year. She worked at Jefferson, Howe and Lincoln as a Title I teacher, 2nd grade and 3rd grade teacher. Robin is currently teaching 2nd grade at Lincoln. Congratulations Robin, for your 27 years in the District.

• Pamela Helfrich started in Mt. Lebanon in the 1970-71 school year at Washington as a 3rd grade teacher. She transferred to junior high/middle school in 1996-97 to teach mathematics and is retiring from Mellon. Congratulations Pamela, for your 40 years in the District.

• Deborah Monaco was hired for the 1971-72 school year at Foster Elementary as a kindergarten teacher. She has worked her entire career at Foster and is currently teaching 2nd grade. Congratulations Deborah, for your 39 years in the District.

• Ivan Ober began teaching in Mt. Lebanon in the 1974-75 school year as a high school physics teacher and is retiring from this position. Congratulations Ivan, for your 36 years in the District.

• Kathy Pattak was hired in the 1972-73 school year as an elementary physical education teacher. Kathy has worked at Foster, Markham, Washington and Jefferson Elementary Schools. She is retiring from Foster. Congratulation Kathy, for your 38 years in the District.

• Diana Sanner – Diana began her career at Mt. Lebanon in the 1971-72 school year teaching 1st grade at Washington. She has worked at Howe, Jefferson, Washington and Markham and has taught kindergarten, 1st grade and 3rd grade. Diana is retiring from Foster as the kindergarten teacher. Congratulations Dianna, for your 39 years in the District.

• Jeri Stoehr began her career in the District in the 1977-78 school year as a high school physical education/dance teacher. She taught at the high school until 1991-92 when she transferred to the junior high level. Jeri also worked at Hoover and Howe Elementary Schools. Jeri is retiring from Mellon. Congratulations Jeri, for your 33 years in the District.

• Yolanda Tafi has worked at Hoover Elementary since the 1973-74 school year as a primary teacher. She is retiring from Hoover as a first grade teacher. Congratulations Yolanda, for your 37 years in the District.

• Lynn VanRaaphorst was hired effective with the 1990-91 school year as an elementary art teacher. Lynn has taught at Washington and Howe. Congratulations Lynn, for your 20 years with the District.

• Ellen Wilf was hired for the 1976-77 school year as an elementary art teacher. She has worked at Howe, Markham, Lincoln, Foster and Hoover Elementary Schools and is retiring from Markham & Hoover. Congratulations Ellen, for your 35 years in the District.

• Stephen Bullick – Steve came to Mt. Lebanon in 1993 after working for 18 years at the North Allegheny School District as a teacher and social studies department chair. Here he has served as the Supervisor of Social Studies and Family Consumer Science. His expertise in his content areas, especially Social Studies, has made him an expert at both the state and national level. He has shaped our curriculum so that our students have a truly global understanding and perspective of the world they live in. Steve has developed a program that is considered a best practice for other districts to model. Congratulations, Steve for your 17 years in the Mt. Lebanon School District.

• Robert Mallery, Principal, and Markham Elementary School – Bob began his career in the District in 1993 after working for 4 years as a teacher and 15 years as a principal in Warren County. He began as principal of Hoover Elementary School and stayed there until the 2002-23 school year when he was named principal of Markham Elementary School. Bob has led both Hoover and Markham schools with distinction. His close connection with his staff, students, and parents has established a remarkable school environment at Markham. Bob’s kindness and empathy for his students creates an atmosphere of trust and caring in his school. It is not unusual to see a student drop by his office or stop him in the hall with a special story or a personal problem.

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