By Pipper Holmes
We are happy to celebrate the retirement of two staff members this year. Congratulation to Ms. Maria Antonetti and Ms. Brenda Wilkinson. They have both dedicated a life’s work to the Rochester City School District and to our community.
Ms. Antonetti has been in the district for 31 years. She describes her years here at East as “Amazing…a learning experience.” Before she came to East, she started off as an employee of Kodak. She figured out that she did not like that and wanted to “work with people.” It was hard for her in the beginning because she had to reconnect with the kids but that is what kept her going. “I love working around people. I love helping. My desire to help in whatever is needed. That could be interpreting for someone or just the first smile you see when you come in.” When asked what she will miss the most she said, “My colleagues, some students but most of all my friends.” She’s most looking forward to “when I walk out after 31 years!”
I also had the chance to interview Mrs. Wilkinson. She has been a proud member of the district since 1988. She stared off in the library for 6 years because she loves books. When asked why she wanted to become a secretary she stated, “I love data entry and tracking down records." She has not had a worst day and she describes, “Every day is like my first day. Honestly it is like opening a new present every day.” Her happiest times here are when she gets to see the kids of children she taught. She says she will really miss the kids. "I love the kids and the work I do. It's really enjoyable.
We are sad to see them go but we are happy for their next chapter. We at the Eagle Express want to wish them the best of luck and a happy retirement.