Dear Saklan Community,
With bittersweet emotions, I write to announce the retirement of one of our teaching legends, Mrs C. (Karen Catanzarite). From Preschool teacher and ECE Director to Kindergarten teacher, Karen has been an integral part of Saklan’s success for almost two decades. Karen has always kept the children’s best interests in mind, and has been a great partner to parents. We could always count on Karen for her compassionate perspective, attention to detail, and for doing the right thing. She would often be found working late into the evening or on the weekends to ensure she was well-prepared for her students.
Karen agonized over the decision, weighing the two things she loved most: spending time with her family (and supporting her mother) and instilling the joy of lifelong learning in children. In the end, the news that Karen would be a first-time grandmother tipped the balance in favor of her family. While we are happy for her and supportive of her decision, we will miss her wisdom, experience, humor and collaborative spirit.
We have begun the search for a new Kindergarten teacher and are happy to report that we already have several strong candidates. Karen is serving on the interview committee to ensure that this transition is smooth. We look forward to sharing the outcome of this process with you as soon as possible.