NCHS Retirees Honored
New Canaan Public School Retirees Honored
New Canaan Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Bryan Luizzi recognized several retiring teachers and administrators at the June 4, 2018, Board of Education meeting. Retirees recognized were Greg Macedo, Principal at Saxe Middle School, Lou Marinelli, PE Teacher at NCHS (who will remain as Rams Head Football Coach), Carol Dacey, Special Education Instructional Leader at South Elementary School, Peggy DeSantis, Art Teacher at East Elementary School, Josef Graham, Math Teacher at Saxe, and Rob Polley, Technical Integrator at East School.
Greg Macedo helmed Saxe Middle School as principal for 25 years, in a career in education that has spanned 39 years. His vision significantly enhanced the overall quality of Saxe school, and a “Macedo effect” definitely permeates school wide. Throughout his tenure, he experienced and oversaw a remarkable number of changes at the middle school, both in class composition and physical size that includes the recently completed 2016-2018 Saxe construction project. “Working alongside Greg Macedo has been a highlight of my career that I will always cherish,” said Dr. Luizzi, “and I know I am joined by hundreds of colleagues and thousands of students in wishing him the very best in the years ahead.”
(Photo on left: Dr. Bryan Luizzi and Greg Macedo, pictured left-right).
Lou Marinelli dedicated 31 years to the high school as a PE Teacher and Head Football Coach. “His compassion and care for his players is a gift that is unrelated to a player’s talent or athletic stature,” said Dr. Luizzi. “Lou believes that every kid who wants to play for the Rams should be welcomed onto the team. Regardless of playing time, Lou has shown time and again that the commitment and discipline that students learn from playing football can provide lifelong lessons for them in their development into young adults.” Although he is retiring from his role as PE teacher, Mr. Marinelli will remain at NCHS as the Head Football Coach and continue as Connecticut’s winningest high school football coach of all time.
Carol Dacey is retiring after 13 years of service in New Canaan. Most recently, she served as the Special Education Instructional Leader at South School. Throughout her time in the district, she has worked with grade levels K-4 forming strong bonds with her students and being very dedicated to them and their families. “Carol goes above and beyond in her efforts to keep parents informed of their child’s progress, and establishes positive, trusting relationships with them as a result,” said Dr. Luizzi. “She is insightful, productive, and consistent, and has been a wonderful teacher and colleague at South these past 13 years.”
Peggy DeSantis worked 15 years as an Art Teacher at East School. She is a hardworking, dedicated, and creative professional who orchestrated collaborative groups of students in her art classes all year long to create beautiful murals of varying themes. She always supported her fellow teachers and has been an active member in the East community as well as the arts and learning communities of the district and town.
Josef Graham retires after 38 years of working in the district as a Math Teacher. He began his career at New Canaan High School and later joined Saxe where he taught in all three grades. He led the middle school into the very early days of what is now known as STEM, when he taught a “mini-course” of Math, Science and Technology (MST) to all students who rotated through various programmed learning modules.
Rob Polley has been a certified teacher at New Canaan for the past 20 years. He started his tenure in the district two years before, first as a 7th grade Special Education Aide at Saxe, and then as a Teacher Assistant at East, which what would be his instructional home for the remainder of his time in New Canaan. He was an integral part of the East Technology Leadership Committee and thrived in his role as tech integrator evolving even further as coach and collaborator in this area.