Above: Madame Varone (aka Julie) with A pair of of her scholars On The varsity promenade in Might. Submitted photograph
The school yr is over as of Friday For school youngsters, teachers and staff, however for a quantity of teachers and secretaries, It is going to be their final final day Of school – They’re retiring.
Mightbe the teacher with the prolongedest tenure and largest fan base is Julie (“Madame”) Varone, French teacher furtherordinaire at East Greenwich Highschool since 1989. Even Do You’d like to didn’t take French, you knew Madame Varone. She was the one in her doorway saying howdy to scholars on their Method to their subsequent class. And for some scholars, Similar to German commerce scholar Moritz Wargalla (2007-08), she was a lifeline. “Madame Varone is The proper teacher,” he wrote by way of What’s App, “niceny with out being ridiculous, warmth with out being obtrusive, and above all encouraging. She made my arrival at EGHS a lot simpler!”
“Madame Varone was a momly decide to not solely The scholars in her class However the complete school,” wrote Emily Juliet by way of e-mail. “She made our French class really feel like a household And regularly threw events to rejoice French holidays and further immerse her scholars Inside the tradition. She furtherly had Definitely one of the biggest jokes and wasn’t afraid to roast her scholars (all with love, Really). I graduated in 2017 and nonetheless Take into consideration her class On A daily basis!”
Julia Erickson wrote, “I’m one of Madame Varone’s current scholars. I’m a junior, And that i’m devasaid that we’ll be with out her for senior yr, however I’m so joyful we’ve been Collectively with her For As prolonged as We now have. She’s In all probability the most energetic teacher Inside The varsity, and On A daily basis places her all inTo level outing. Whether or not that be making niceny noises, appearing one factor out, or drawing on the board, (Regardless of The very Incontrovertible actuality that elle n’est pas une artiste), she’s not afraid of going The further mile To Guarantee we understand. Madame furtherly goes above and past To Guarantee We now have nice…. For some people in our class, Madame is The one set off they take French. For others, like me, she’s The rationale I’ve fostered such a love for it. I’m going to proceed studying it, and although I’ll miss her Tons, I’m so grateful for the influence she’s had on me. Thanks!”
Former scholar Maddie Curnow (Class of 2021) wrote, “I found comfort, encouragement, and empathy all by way of my time at East Greenwich Highschool Inside The Sort of Madame Varone. These fortunate enough To take a seat in her classroom, Not to mention for 4 yrs, know firsthand The eagerness she fosters. Receptive and respectful, Madame Varone gifted me each French expertise and invaluable classes on what it means to be compassionate. Even scholars who by no means stepped into her classroom And merely expertised her presence Inside the halls can testify to her warmth. Merci, Madame, You’ve modified so many lives for The greater!”
Remarkably, Varone said she was by no means planning to be a teacher, However it was nice. “It’s been An excellent run, with so many superior scholars/colleagues/reminiscences, however it is clearly time To maneuver on and discover my joie de vivre elsethe place.
EGHS secretary Sherry Mong is one other A type Of mom and father that Appear to have a connection to many, many scholars. During her time in EG schools, she labored at Eldredge, then The highschool, However at Eldredge After which, for the previous A few yrs, Inside the EGHS steerage division.
“I’m going To overlook The youngsters general,” Mong said, “And that i liked the staff that I’ve labored with. I’ve been blessed in All of the buildings and with the principals.”
She and her husband, Don (retired EGPD), plan to hit the road with Sherry’s new-found freedom. Huge scuba divers, Search for them off the Florida Keys subsequent winter.
The Particular Education Department is taking some big hits this yr, with the retirement of vaunted adaptive PE teacher Lisa McKay (rejoiced Right here), division chair Mary Ellen Flanagan (…….