By Kristin Schultz
Family, friends and district officials gathered on Tuesday, June 6 to honor 20 retirees who, put together, have given a combined 416 years of service to the Niskayuna Central School District and its parents and students.
“You’ve shaped hearts and minds,” said Board of Education President Rosemarie Perez Jaquith. “We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
One by one, the principals from Birchwood Elementary, Craig Elementary, Glencliff Elementary, Hillside Elementary, Rosendale Elementary, Iroquois Middle and Niskayuna High School took the podium to thank staff members for their contributions over the years.
Only Van Antwerp Middle School did not have anyone retire from the building in 2017.
Iroquois Middle School Principal Vicki Wyld had tears in her eyes as she spoke about 20-year veteran math teacher Randy Roeser. She recalled how he embraced the Common Core learning Standards, wanting his students to understand the “why” and not just the “how” of math.
Roeser himself was emotional as he received congratulations from Wyld and other officials.
High school band teacher and interim head of the music department Eric Hughes helped honor Michelle Sausa-Gatta, who has taught music in the district for the past 26 years. He read a song verse from “The Light in the Piazza” which went:
“There’s something inside you
This I know
It’s like a melody
Like there you go just now.”
High School Principal John Rickert proclaimed 31-year veteran Mark Treanor “one of my favorite people in the entire world.”
He went on to say that in moments of decision he’ll often ask himself, “What would Mark Treanor do?”
Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra Jr. echoed the benefit of Treanor’s wisdom saying: “He helps me in decision making and he always acts in the best interest of the children.”
A reception was held after the ceremony.