GFS recognizes the faculty and staff who are retiring at the end of this school year. Our fourth tribute features Lower School reading specialist, educator, and Admissions team member Sue Scirica.
After four decades of supporting and nurturing students, Sue Scirica has become a fixture at GFS. Colleagues describe her as gracious, loyal, and a font of knowledge: "Sue has the spirit that brought out the best in both students and faculty, who relied on her hard work and the thoughtful effort she put into every endeavor," says Diane Marinoff, Lower School reading and learning specialist, who shared a classroom with Sue for more than 30 years.
Sue came to GFS in 1980 as a reading specialist and educator; while teaching, she returned to graduate school to complete her Phd in psychology. "I came to rely on [Sue's] knowledge of children and her excellent writing skills," says Diane. "Her proofreading skills were known to all, and she helped many teachers refine their reporting."
Throughout her tenure, Sue served on many committees, and was most influential on the Lower School Admissions committee. When she transitioned into a part-time position on the Admissions team, she conducted assessments for students applying to grades 1-5 at GFS. "Sue had a knack for putting children at ease with her calm, good humor," notes Laura Sharpless Myran, director of enrollment management. "She brought her wisdom as a learning specialist and reading teacher, and she was a loyal supporter of the children in her care." Along with her teaching and Admissions responsibilities, Sue managed Greek Day festivities for many years, and became the Interim Vice Principal of Lower School on several occasions.
Sue is grateful for her time at GFS: "Knowing all of the Lower School faculty, way back to the '80s, has been an incredible gift personally and professionally. I have learned so much and have enjoyed many moments of friendship, support, and joy," she says.
We thank Sue for her tireless dedication to GFS over the last 40 years and wish her much happiness and contentment in her retirement!