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Ortwein, a fixture at AHS since 1968, retires

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Teachers, staff are honored

The Arlington public schools, as it does annually, honors teachers and staff, highlighting those with the longest service, those gaining professional status as well as retirees.

This year the longevity honor goes to Nanci Ortwein, a teacher of Spanish, who has taught at Arlington High School for 45 years -- since the protest year of 1968.

Honored for 35 years was Peter Rufo, a physical education teacher at the Stratton School.

Serving 30 years was Barbara Flaherty, a traffic supervisor.

In addition, at the Thursday, June 13, School Committee meeting, Superintendent Kathleen Bodie announced that Cindy Sheridan Curran will replace Ellen Digby, who is retiring as the attendance officer and that Sue Franchi will replace Lucille Nicholson, the head school nurse.

Robert Spiegel, the schools' human-resources officer, reported June 18 that Digby worked 1990 to '99 at the secretary at the Thompson School and from 2000 to '13 as court liaison; Nicholson was hired in 1994, Franchi in 2008 and Sheridan in 2007.

The distinguished service award ceremony held June 13 in the Ottoson Middle School cafeteria, the following were recognized:

25 Years

Patricia Egan, teacher assistant, Hardy School

Sharon McLaughlin, teacher, Bishop School
Donald Miller, teacher - Dallin School
Patricia Plagge, administrative assistant, superintendent’s office
Johanne Yablonsky, custodian, Arlington High School 

20 Years

Carol Andrus, teacher, Stratton School

Roseann Casazza, traffic supervisor
Elizabeth Higgins, teacher, Bishop School
Caroline Thom, teacher, Bishop School

Attained Professional Status 2012-2013

Ann Marie Abbott, teacher, Stratton School

Susan Bisson, teacher, Hardy School
Gary Blanchette, teacher, Ottoson Middle School
Claire Blumenfeld, reading specialist, Hardy School
Hannah Borden, social worker, Bishop School
Meagan Burke, social worker, Dallin School
Hilary Dawson, teacher, Ottoson Middle School
Erica Dusombre, teacher, Hardy School
Colleen Flynn, teacher, Peirce School
Victoria Frenkel , learning center liaison, Dallin School
Sheilah Gauch, social worker, Arlington High School
Nanta Hardesty, teacher, Ottoson Middle School
Tami Harrah, nurse, Peirce School
Erin Higgins, teacher, Dallin School
Daniela Hurley, teacher, Peirce School
Linda Kita, speech and language pathologist, Menotomy Preschool
Patricia Lynch, teacher, Peirce School
Catherine MacDonald, social worker, Arlington High School
Michael McEwen, occupational therapist, Dallin School
Nicole Melnik, teacher, Thompson School at Stratton
Kelly O’Toole, reading specialist, Dallin School
Chrisna Pompilus, social worker, Thompson/Dallin School
Kerrianne Simoneau, lead teacher, Menotomy Preschool
Brian Sylvester, teacher, Arlington High School
John Tan, teacher, Arlington High School
Patricia Toohig, speech and language pathologist, Menotomy Preschool
Travis Woodward, teacher, Ottoson Middle School

Retirees 2012-2013

Peg Callanan, SPED team chair, Arlington public schools

Janet Collins, budget analyst, Arlington public schools
Deb D'Amico, principal, Hardy School
Ellen Digby, attendance officer, Arlington public schools
Donna Dolan, social studies/grade 6, Ottoson Middle School
John Flood, maintenance, Arlington public schools
Linda Garrity, administrative assistant, Hardy School
Carol Kalauskas, teacher assistant, Dallin School
Nella LaRosa-Waters, ELA and math, Ottoson Middle School
Jane McQueeney, Peirce School, grade3
Lucille Nicholson, supervisor of nurses, Arlington public schools
Nanci Ortwein, AHS Spanish teacher
Assunta Pizzotti, administrative assistant, Community Education
Patricia Plagge, administrative assistant, superintendent’s office
Peter Rufo, physical education teacher, Stratton School
Mary Villano, interim principal, Arlington High School
Johanne Yablonsky, custodian, Arlington High School


Ths story was published Friday, June 14, 2013, and updated June 18.

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