We Say Good-bye to Many SJ Staff and Ms Popp!

posted Jun 26, 2015, 7:50 PM by steve.mcgarrity@ocsb.ca
Madame Fredette and Ms McCann have been with the St Jerome community for many years and have served our students very well over the years. Having dedicated their professional careers to teaching and learning, they have impacted the lives of hundreds of students over the past 30 years. We wish them well in their retirement from the teaching profession. 

Ms McHardy leaves us after a comparatively shorter span of years teaching in primary and junior at SJ. We will miss her in our technology innovations project and most especially in our social justice initiatives. Ms McHardy brought us to Me to We and The Shepherds of Good Hope sandwich making project and was one of the teacher leaders to initiate the Nicaraguan Schoolhouse building project. These projects have been ongoing initiatives that have increased awareness and made a real difference in the daily lives of those in need. 

Ms Major and Ms Dambra leave us this year as replacement teachers in grade 4 and grade 3 respectively. They brought their gifts and expertise to our classes and their investment in our community is much appreciated. 

Ms McDonald and Ms Glanddon worked with our students this year as Education Assistants and were part of an extraordinary Resource Team that ensured that all of our students were challenged and supported at their optimal level of learning. Their efforts and expertise made a real difference in the daily learning of students. 

Ms Harris leaves us after two years as an Early Education Educator to pursue a career as a teacher. She is an excellent educator and we wish her well in her studies knowing that she will be an excellent teacher in the years to come. She will be missed.

Ms Popp made an immediate impact on our school with her positive and friendly personality, her naturally restorative qualities, and her relationship building skills. VPs have a tough job of dealing with a lot of issues, but Ms Popp did a wonderful job of supporting students issues, problems and needs and making every student feel as though he or she was a valuable member of our community.  She was that early morning smile in the Kiss and Go and will be the leader of the St. Mary's community...right about now as we post this article. 

The attached picture is a project initiated by Ms El Chaar and completed by 641 staff, students and artists of our community. It is the painting of a tree, our symbol for growth, potential and vitality, with every student's finger or thumb print pressed as a leaf. It brought a few tears to our staff and a lot of orders for their own tree. Wouldn't be special if it wasn't the first and last.