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Honoring Retirees’ 400 Years of Service

July 16, 2018


 The retirees stand inside the high school auditorium With nearly 400 years of service combined, the 17 staff members who retired from Queensbury Union Free School District in 2017-18 have a lot of memories to share.


Those memories were on display during a staff recognition program held on the last Superintendent’s Conference Day of the school year. The program included a 10-minute video featuring reflections from more than half of the retirees.


“I love the last day of school because it’s an accomplishment, and you watch the children grow over the year,” Susan Zuhlke said of her her favorite memory. She has taught home economics at Queensbury Middle School for 13 years.


Also retiring is Robin Fitzpatrick, a data specialist who has spent 22 years filling a variety of positions in Queensbury schools, including those of employee and parent.


“I find my memories of my kids being here mixing with my work memories. I’ve just always been grateful my kids had such a great school to go to, a school with so many opportunities for kids of all interests,” she said.


After spending 31 years in Queensbury schools, second-grade teacher Kim Nichols wanted to express her gratitude to those who have contributed to her success.


“From the cafeteria workers being kind, the secretaries helping me out, the janitors being so thorough, thoughtful and fun to be around, and every single teacher, aide and assistant in this building, I am just filled with so much pride to be a part of such a remarkable group of people,” she said.


Other staff members who retired this year include bus driver Eileen Riebow (38 years); cleaner Richard LeFebvre (28 years); Queensbury Elementary School academic intervention services teacher Rudy Brady (30 years), second-grade teacher Ellen O’Brien (30 years) and teaching assistant Carol Friers (20 years); William H. Barton Intermediate School nurse Jackie Mulcahy (17 years); Queensbury Middle School math teacher Daureen Bennett (32 years); Queensbury High School social studies teacher Mary Tully (20 years), special education teacher Patricia Rogge (20 years) and secretaries Jan Fischbeck (13 years) and Patricia Steves (30 years); treasurer Cindy Rigby (20 years); and account clerk and typist Pamela Way (21 years). Congratulations to all!


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