As we come to the conclusion of the 2020-2021 school year, I would like to recognize five members of our faculty who are retiring this month. Congratulations to all of our retirees and best wished as they enter this next phase of their lives.
After 29 years in the Masconomet Regional School District, Pete Delani is retiring. Pete first worked in business for two years after graduating from UMASS-Amherst. He then left the business world to go to UMASS-Boston for his Master’s Degree in Education and complete his student teaching at Wakefield High School. He then worked for two years at Newmarket Junior/Senior High School as a Middle School Social Studies Teacher. In the 1992-1993 school year, his first year at Masco, Pete taught Social Studies and was an Assistant Football and JV Baseball Coach. In his second year, he was promoted to Varsity Baseball Coach, a position he held until 2006. In 1998, Pete was appointed to the role of “High School Dean of Students,” a half-time role that he split with his social studies teaching position. He also was nominated for the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year Award in 1999. In May of 2000, Pete was appointed as a full-time high school assistant principal. He held this position for seven years until he was appointed to the position of Interim High School Principal in May of 2017. One year later, Pete was appointed to the position and has served with distinction as our High School Principal for the past three years.
In his 1993 Masconomet Application’s Personal Statement, Pete wrote: “I operate on the basic belief that life is meant to be enjoyed to its fullest and we as people need to seek and create challenges for ourselves and those around us. I bring that belief and what I consider a dynamic approach to my classroom teaching.” For the past 31 years, Pete has lived these words through challenging himself, his colleagues and his students to live life to the fullest and to challenge themselves to be better.
Maripaul McGinn is retiring after ten years of service (four years as contracted service provider) as the Speech and Language Pathologist for the Masconomet Regional School District. Prior to working at Masconomet, Maripaul worked as a Speech and Language Pathologist in several capacities, including in her own consulting company, the Northshore Education Consortium, Northeast ARC-Early Intervention Program, Waltham-Weston Hospital, Northshore Children’s Hospital and the Lawrence Public Schools. Maripaul is passionate about her work and brought her knowledge and training of the Social Thinking Curriculum based upon Michelle Garcia Winner’s work to Masco. Thank you Maripaul, we wish you all the best as you retire.
Christina Stohl’s career at Masconomet began in September of 2010, when she joined the High School as a Special Education Program Coordinator. Prior to coming to Masconomet, Christina worked for 8 years as a Special Education Teacher in the Lynn Public Schools. Christina brought her knowledge and skill in Mathematics to Special Education. Over the years she co-taught in several math classes. Christina also created curriculum for a new course, Topics in Algebra, her Master Teacher Project. This course provided students with a modified Algebra course that was skills based. Thank you, Christina, for your hard work and dedication to our students at Masconomet.
Denise Tenanty was hired as the Mathematics Department Chairperson at Masconomet in September of 1989. Prior to coming to Masconomet, Denise was a Mathematics Teacher at Saint Mary’s High School in Brookline, Mount Saint Joseph Academy in Brighton, Don Bosco Technical High School in Boston, and Silver Lake Regional High School in Pembroke. In all Denise has been a teacher for 40 years, 31 of them at Masconomet. In her time at Masconomet, Denise dedicated herself to ensuring the students of Masconomet has the best mathematics education possible. She is known for her tireless dedication to her department and the District. She demonstrated an incredible capacity for working long hours, and was always willing to step in and take on an extra class when the need arose. Denise’s impact on Masconomet will be felt long after her retirement. Thank you, Denise. We wish you the best in your retirement.
Elizabeth Thomas is retiring after 9 years with the Masconomet Regional School District. Betty was hired as a Tutor in the High School Special Education Department in September of 2012. Before coming to Masconomet, Betty worked as both a Paraprofessional and a Teacher in the Alternative Program at Browne Middle School in Chelsea. She also worked in the financial services and banking industry for 21 years. Betty loved working with our students and supporting them in any way she could and they loved her. She particularly enjoyed having lunch with her colleagues. Betty, we wish you well and thank you for caring so much for your students.