For over a decade, Mary Orlando has been the rock of our Kindergarten program. It’s hard to picture the Heritage Kindergarten without her, but today was her last school day before retiring.
One of the greatest blessings we experience at Heritage is getting to know and appreciate outstanding people like Mary, who are far more than employees – they are our dear brothers, sisters, and good friends. The end of the school year always brings transitions that stir our emotions. Retirement is not the only reason people leave. Some are changing careers, moving across the country, or simply accepting job offers elsewhere.
Just as we are sad to say goodbye to people we love and respect, God is in the process of bringing new people to us as we keep going forward. I’ve been very excited about the quality of people we have been hiring this spring. However, we still have a few more slots to fill.
Another category of change is taking place internally. We have a number of current teachers taking on new roles next year. Some of these changes come from the fact that we have opened three sections of Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade. Other adjustments are due to teachers leaving or the move we are making with the 5th and 6th grades to our new campus at St. Luke Catholic Church.
Today we had a meeting to recognize all of the people leaving and shifting positions (see list below). We celebrated the contribution of those leaving, with special tributes from other teachers. We also recognized those who were receiving longevity awards (five, ten, and 20 years).
Please join us in paying tribute to the 2021-22 faculty and staff who have made a significant difference in the lives of our students!
We say goodbye and wish God’s blessings on these staff members who are leaving HCS: Nathan Wood, Christina Chang, Aimee Bainbridge, Angela Roosien, Valerie Poser, Mary Orlando, and Dana Towberman.
Some familiar faces will be serving the Lord in different roles at HCS next year: Dan Campbell to Middle/High School Physical Education; Nancy Terrian to Elementary Library; Helen Abadeer to Patriot Pack Science; Chris Couillard to Patriot Pack Social Studies; Heidi Kaiser to 1st grade; and Sarah Schneider to Kindergarten.
We are thrilled to announce that Ron Nickell, Jodi Swanson, and Holli O’Keefe will be joining our Elementary team in 2022-23.