GCSD honors retirees and newly tenured educators for 2023-24

Veteran also receives honorary high school diploma through Operation Recognition

On Tuesday, May 14, the Guilderland Central School District celebrated and recognized employees who have achieved the extraordinary milestones of tenure and retirement at its annual Employee Achievement Ceremony.

Recognition of retirees

A total of 40 individuals are retiring this year with more than 1,012 years of collective service to our students, schools and community. We are incredibly grateful for their contributions, as their work will continue to have a positive impact on our district. Their dedication and commitment to excellence are part of what makes Guilderland all that it is.

“We can’t thank you enough for all that you’ve done, all that you’ve inspired,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marie Wiles.

The ceremony included special introductions for each retiree from administrators, detailing their years of service and exceptional accomplishments. Congratulations to the following GCSD employees on being recognized for their retirement in the 2023-24 school year:

The following employees entering retirement were unable to attend the ceremony but were also honored on Tuesday evening:

  • Anna Bartlett, School Counselor, 22 years
  • Karen Carr, School Bus Attendant, 25 years
  • John Lawrence, Maintenance, 35 years
  • Timothy Martin, Custodial Worker, 30 years
  • Deborah McKee, Keyboard Specialist, 29 years
  • Cynthia Pasquerlla, Food Service, 22 years
  • Laurie Poelma, Elementary Education, 20 years
  • Christine Rant, World Language, 31 years
  • Patricia Robinson, Teaching Assistant, 18 years
  • Migdalia Young, English, 27 years

Recognition of newly tenured educators

The Board of Education officially awarded tenure to 11 educators at the May 14 ceremony. Each of these staff members have demonstrated their exceptional abilities and have met high standards for sustained contributions and outstanding performance. Please join us in congratulating the following GCSD employees on receiving a tenure appointment during the 2023-24 school year:

The following employees achieving tenure were unable to attend the event, but were honored at the May 14 ceremony:

  • Stephanie Cambrea, Mathematics

Operation Recognition

In addition to this year’s ceremony, GCSD recognized United States Marine Corps. veteran Robert G. Porter with an honorary high school diploma. Mr. Porter received his degree through Operation Recognition, a state program that provides veterans who didn’t graduate the opportunity to receive their high school diploma. A representative from Congressman Paul Tonko’s office presented the diploma to Mr. Porter as the audience gave a standing ovation.

“Mr. Porter serves as an inspiration to many,” Dr. Wiles said. “He not only gave to his country and community, but demonstrated remarkable dedication to achieving his academic goals.”

“Education comes in many different forms, whether it’s serving in the military or pursuing a career,” Mr. Porter said of his accomplishment. “With honor, courage and commitment, anything is possible.”

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