Fulton school district says goodbye to 11 teachers and staff members

by Nicole Reitz

Eleven teachers and staff have retired from the Fulton City School District this year. Resolutions of appreciation were approved during Tuesday’s Fulton Board of Education meeting.

“I would just like to express appreciation to all of our retirees,” said Board Member Barbara Hubbard. “This is a substantial number of years (of experience). They’ve all been so dedicated to our district so I certainly want to thank them and wish them well,”

Board member Brian Hotaling added, “I would also like to congratulate and thank all of the retirees this year. There are very good educators here that I’ve had the privilege to learn under, and actually taught my children. too. I thank them for their dedication and service.”

Marysia Czachor, a graduate of G. Ray Bodley High School, was appointed as an elementary teacher 26 years ago. During her career, she taught at Fairgrieve and Volney Elementary, State Street, Erie Street and Phillips School before being assigned to Granby Elementary.

Czachor has taught first through fourth grade at the elementary level.

During her time as a teacher, Czachor developed age appropriate lessons and implemented new practices to insure her students were successful. She sat on many committees during her time in the district, including professional development, inclusion, the site and BIAC committees.

Rhonda Carter, a graduate of Mexico High School, has been a mathematics teacher in the district since 1985. Carter taught seventh and eighth grade math during her career in Fulton, served as the junior high mathematics facilitator, and was a mentor to new teachers.

Carter coordinated the MathCounts program at the junior high, presented at the N.Y.S. Mathematics Conference, and participated in a county-wide mathematics GAP.

She served the greater junior high school community through her participation on the scheduling committee, Drama advisor, student council advisor and athletics coach.

Martin (Marty) Gillard, a graduate of G.Ray Bodley High School, was appointed as a science teacher 35 years ago. Since then, he has taught biology, Science 9, chemistry and advance placement biology. He was also appointed to the position of Science Department chair.

His student interests outside of the instructional program led him to varied coaching positions that included junior high girls basketball, freshman football, assistant varsity football, and head varsity football and basketball coach.

Gillard’s strength as a classroom teacher was seen in his ability to actively engage, motivate and bring out the best in his students. He also served as the science club advisor, an extended year teacher and as a negotiations committee representative for the Fulton Teachers’ Association.

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