We have three retirements to announce, all three long-time Colonial School staff members and all three with deep ties to Pelham and its schools.
Virginia Manganiello, Colonial Secretary to the Principal, 1996-2020, secretary in the business office, 1988-1996, (31 years)
Joanne Lombardi, 3 years computer teaching assistant, 1 year 4th grade, and 20 years 3rd grade teacher,1997-2021 (24 years)
Kim Norman, Library Teaching Assistant, 2000-2021
Mrs. Virginia Manganiello has been a lifelong resident of Pelham, attending kindergarten at Siwanoy, and becoming a graduate of the first graduating class of OLPH. Her two sons attended Colonial School—little did she know then as a Colonial parent and PTA president, that she would be integral to the lives of so many families and staff for the past twenty-five years. Mrs. Manganiello’s sons live close by in Connecticut and she plans on spending more time with her nine-year-old twin grandsons and two-year-old granddaughter. For the first time in thirty-two years, she is planning her first summer off!
Mrs. Joanne Lombardi lived in Pelham for thirty-two years with her husband and two children. Her husband, who sadly passed away in 2013, was a Pelham resident as a child, starting in third grade at Colonial and determined to raise their family here. After a business career at Microsoft and IBM, Mrs. Lombardi felt the calling to become an elementary school teacher, spending twenty of the past twenty-four as a third-grade teacher.
Mrs. Kim Norman raised her family in Pelham as well, her children attended Siwanoy where she was active in PTA and Site Based Council. Before becoming the full-time library teaching assistant at Colonial, she was a substitute teacher in the district, and a part time library assistant at Hutchinson School. For the past eighteen years she has facilitated Colonial’s Student Government, raising money and awareness for children sick and in need.
As we move toward the last half year of their Colonial School careers, we will find time to celebrate their accomplishments and the many ways they have added to the fabric of the school community. We wish them well, as they contemplate the next chapter of their lives.