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June 10, 2016

With laughter, stories and heartfelt thanks, retirees recognized at annual Board of Education ceremony

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District says farewell to employees with nearly 500 years of combined experience serving Niskayuna students


Prior to the Board meeting on June 7, a reception was held to honor the 25 teachers and staff members who are retiring this year. "We'll miss all of you and what you have brought to our students and our classrooms for many years," Board President Pat Lanotte said. The retirees are listed below.


Administrators spoke about how the retirees have made an impact on students and are an important part of the fabric of our schools. The booklet with these reflections is available here.

The retirees were presented with a district collage and a letter and certificate from Sen. Hugh Farley. They also signed the district's service register, a Niskayuna tradition.


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We thank our 2016 retirees for their service to our students and community!


  • Anne Bergami, Iroquois Middle School, Teaching Assistant, 19 Years

  • Teresa Broadwell, Iroquois Middle School, Districtwide, Strings Teacher, 15 Years

  • Joan Brown, Birchwood, Districtwide, Strings Teacher, 15 Years

  • David Bryk, Van Antwerp Middle School, Head Custodian, 30 Years

  • Kathleen Buczkowski, Van Antwerp Middle School, Food Services, 22 Years

  • Patricia Carboni, Rosendale Elementary School, Library Media Specialist, 14 Years

  • Andrea Congress, Iroquois Middle School, Teaching Assistant, 15 Years

  • Linda Dall, Niskayuna High School, Nurse, 11 Years

  • Gail Dietrich, Hillside Elementary School, Teaching Assistant, 24 Years

  • Deborah Fennelly, Craig Elementary School, English as a New Language Teacher, 23 Years

  • Betty Ferencik, Niskayuna High School Library, Supervisory Clerical Assistant, 34 Years

  • John Furey, Niskayuna High School, Physical Education Teacher, 20 Years

  • Michael Gioia, Niskayuna HS Van Antwerp Middle School, Districtwide, School Psychologist, 30 Years

  • Ann Marie Gravell, Craig Elementary School, Food Services, 10 Years

  • Deborah Harding, Craig Elementary School, Custodian, 13 Years

  • Barbara Hollander, Niskayuna High School, Teaching Assistant, 6 Years

  • Daniel Matthews, Glencliff Elementary School, Teacher, 20 Years

  • Jacqueline McPadden, Iroquois Middle School, Typist – Counseling Center, 30 Years

  • Lori Oshetski-Bacchia, Craig Elementary School, Teacher, 16 Years

  • Jill Pollack, Rosendale Elementary School, Teaching Assistant, 22 Years

  • John Pomeroy, Van Antwerp Middle School, Custodian, 12 Years

  • Mary Stagliano, Niskayuna High School, Executive Secretary I, 23 Years

  • William Staulters, Glencliff Elementary School, Head Custodian, 27 Years

  • Donna Tessitore, Districtwide, Occupational Therapist, 20 Years

  • Joanne Zolner, Hillside Elementary School, Teaching Assistant, 22 Years