Chappaqua Says Farewell to Longtime Teachers

Departing staff taking with them decades of experience.

It's the end of an era in the Chappaqua Central School District, as several of its longest serving and most highly regarded faculty prepare to retire.

At Tuesday's school board meeting, the community got to have an honorary good bye to remember those who are heading out.

“We wish you all the best of luck in your future endeavors,” said school board President Alyson Kiesel.

Colleagues heaped praise on teachers they have grown to know well.

Among those leaving is middle school social worker Lyndall Boal, who is end a career that spans five decades and has been in Chappaqua schools since 1988. She is known for providing a safe environment for students and allowing for them to express themselves.

“Lyndall you know you’ve had a profound impact on the lives of so many children in this community. There’s very few words left that have not been said over couple of weeks," said Robert E. Bell Middle School Principal Martin Fitzgerald.

Seven Bridges Middle School Principal Martha Zornow said that Boal connected "with all kinds of kids."

Fitzgerald also recalled retiring Bell colleague Tore Heskestad, who is ending his decades-long career.

“I looked up the word genius and that’s not overdoing it.”

At the end of the event, the crowd was treated to a performance from the Seven Bridges Violin Quartet.

Below is the list of retiring faculty and their school:

Lyndall Boal, Bell Middle School

Thomas Howley, Seven Bridges Middle School

Susan Constantini, Westorchard Elementary School

Tore Heskestad, Bell Middle School

Elizabeth Scroope, Roaring Brook Elementary School

Barbara Carlsen, Seven Bridges Middle School

Robert Oddo, Horace Greeley High School

Barbara Fingeroth, Westorchard Elementary School

Colette Principe, Douglas Grafflin Elementary School


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