"I have been coaching for 33 years and teaching for 35," said John Goffredo, CVHS health teacher and former basketball coach. "I am going to Harvard next year to see my son's basketball games."
His son, Jim, just completed his junior year at Harvard University. Jim plays on the basketball team as a guard. The teacher has been flying back and forth from California to Harvard for the games. Now he can spend some time with his son. Goffredo has been teaching at CVHS for 22 years of his 35-year career.
There are a couple of things he'll miss. "I like being around the kids, and the friendships I have made here are incredible."
CV math teacher Susan McBride agrees.
"I will really miss CV fellow teachers," McBride said. She plans on doing things she has never had time to do at her home, such as spending time doing her favorite hobbies ? gardening, crocheting and square dancing.
She will also miss her students, especially, she said, those who really want to learn.
Rosemont Middle School English teacher Carol Skinner felt this was just the right time to retire. She doesn't have any set plans, except maybe to travel, but simply felt it was time to go on to the next phase of life. Skinner and fellow Rosemont teacher Ellen Reynolds have a combined 66 years of service. Like many of the retiring teachers, they have become institutions at their schools.
"We are losing two of our finest teachers," said Ron Sowers, assistant principal of Rosemont. "Miss Skinner gave unselfishly of her time. Her door was always open to her students. Her students would say she was very demanding, but they learned so much from her. When kids come out of her class, they really know how to write."
Reynolds has been a math teacher for 31 years. She taught the Rosemont advanced math summer school.
"That is probably one of the best math classes kids can take," Reynolds said.