AVON — Miss DiPasquale or “Miss D,” as the children call her, will be retiring after more than 40 years of work at St. Agnes School.
According to a press release from Cindy Zhe with St. Agnes School, Miss D started teaching fourth grade at St. Agnes School in September of 1976.
“There have been too many memories,” said DiPasquale. “I can’t pick out just one.” As of now, Miss D plans to spend her retirement relaxing and enjoying her life and her friends. She may even take a few trips. “I’m going to miss the children and the families,” she says, “but I will be back to visit.”
While Miss D has spent most of her career teaching fourth grade, she has also taught combined grade classes, including a third fourth grade class and a fourth fifth grade class. Her favorite subjects to teach are Math, Social Studies , and Religion. Among the projects her class undertakes, is a living biography, where her students research a person from history and dress up as that person, presenting their lives to the rest of the class from their perspective.
“From the beginning she invested her creative energies in the school, directing musical productions for the seventh and eighth grade classes (Oliver, Pinocchio, Snow White, HMS Pinafore, etc), as well as all of the Christmas Pageants, save one after the school became Pre-K through sixth,” said Zhe. “A dedicated Catholic, Miss D. sings at her church and it is not unusual to hear some of the other teachers make admiring comments about the piece she has sung.”
All are welcome to celebrate Miss D’s retirement on Sunday afternoon, July 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Avon Commons Community Center, 597 Collins Street, Avon, NY 14414.
If you are not able to attend cards, memories and messages of congratulations can be sent to St. Agnes School, 60 Park Place in Avon.
“Through her teaching and her creative efforts, Miss D has made a lasting impression on the St. Agnes School community,” said Zhe. “We wish her blessings and good fortune as she enters this new stage in her life.”