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Westport Teachers, Administrators Say Goodbye

Like the Westport teachers and administrators retiring at the end of the school year, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Brian Fagan is saying goodbye to Westport.

The announcement of Fagan's departure came after 14 retirees were recognized at Monday night's Board of Education meeting.

"Although not a retiree, Brian Fagan will be leaving us at the end us this year," Superintendent Elliott Landon said. "Brian is the consummate professional administrator — he is intelligent, reflective, caring, devoted to what he does and gives himself selflessly in the pursuit of high quality education throughout the district. We're going to miss him."

Fagan, who came to Westport three years ago from Fairfield, said his time in the district tops his professional experience and he will always remember and appreciate the time he spent here. Instead of focusing on himself, Fagan complimented the district on its dedication to education and improvement.

"Time and time again, you see individuals stand up and give the very best contribution they can give," Fagan said. "Here in Westport, you have terrific stewardship of that fragile entity which is public education in America, and you ought to be commended for that."

Also saying goodbye to Westport are 14 teachers and administrators. Among the retirees are:

? Bob Buckley, principal of Saugatuck Elementary;

? Sal Cassano, a special education teacher at Staples;

? Dorothea Donaldson, an English for speakers of other languages teacher at Long Lots;

? Judith Edmonds, a paraprofessional at Long Lots;

? Karen Emanuelson, a resource teacher at Long Lots;

? Coordinator of psychological services Barbara Fischetti;

? Beverly Gordon, a second–grade teacher at Long Lots;

? Alan Jolley, a math teacher at Staples;

? Victoria Mazzarelli, World Language Department chair for grades 6 to 12;

? Liza Paglialunga, a physical education teacher at Greens Farms;

? Nadine Schwab, supervisor of health services;

? Donna Skolnick, a fourth-grade teacher at Kings Highway;

? Linda Stern, teacher of gifted students at Saugatuck Elementary; and

? Gesa Taranko, a foreign language paraprofessional at Staples.

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