BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- When eight Bronxville educators retired this year, they took more than a combined 150 years of teaching with them, they took precious memories of the children they helped grow and learn.
Leaving the classroom behind are Donna Bianco, Jim Brogan, Janet Corvini, Tim Curran, Virginia Gentile, Mary Schenck, Glenn Stockton and Chuck Yochim.
While some taught English, and others, math or music, all of the teachers have something in common -- they will all miss the daily interactions with their “committed colleagues and curious students,” the school district said in a statement.
Retirement is “bittersweet,” said Schenck, who taught English at the middle school and high school for more than 30 years.
She said she will miss the energy and enthusiasm of her students and “watching them develop into even more thoughtful writers and readers.”
She will also miss her colleagues, who have become her “second family,” said Schenck, who plans to travel.
Gentile, an elementary school skills teacher for 19 years, is not sure what retirement might bring, but said she is looking forward to the next chapter of her life.
“My greatest joy as a teacher has been working with children and being a part of their success as young learners,” she said.
“What a gift it has been to touch the lives of so many, and to be touched in return,” Gentile said.
Yochim, a math teacher at the middle school for 23 years, said he will also miss interacting with students.
Yochim’s first career was as a radio broadcaster and journalist.
He said he plans to explore writing and, maybe, publishing his work.
Like Yochim, Corvini plans to continuing pursuing her passions.
Corvini taught music on the elementary school level for 15 years in Bronxville.
She said she enjoyed working with faculty members who have “the vision, courage and commitment to be lifelong learners.”
Corvini plans to serve as the president-elect of the Westchester County School Music Association and will continue to perform as a clarinetist with several community bands.