SAU 16 honors eight retired educators with 280 combined years of service

EXETER — SAU 16 recently paid tribute to eight teachers and administrators who are retiring on June 30. Collectively, this group of professionals have a combined 280 years of service as educators and mentors to children in Exeter, Brentwood, Kensington, East Kingston, Newfields and Stratham.

“It’s bittersweet, but I want to take a moment to say ‘thank you’ to the eight teachers and administrators from our six school districts who retired this year,” said Dr. David Ryan, Superintendent of SAU 16. “This group of professionals has collectively dedicated over 280 years of wisdom and dedication to positively impacting our students and helping them grow in countless ways. These incredible and hardworking faculty and staff are part of the backbone of our district, helping us educate our most valuable people. We salute you and wish you well as you embark on your next endeavor.

Retiring administrators have been honored in various ways by their respective schools. They understand:

Wendy Lawlersecond-grade teacher at Kensington Elementary School, was a cornerstone of the school for over 40 years, beginning her career in 1981 as a reading and math teacher before settling as a second-grade teacher.

Stephanie Varrin

Stephanie VarrinLincoln Street School staff member, is a 37-year veteran of SAU 16 and has been committed to students and families in the district while dedicating himself to the district’s mentorship program.

Sue Noseworthy

Sue Noseworthymusic teacher at Lincoln Street School, has honed his craft over the past 42 years using music and the arts to communicate, engage and connect with students, as well as teaching music therapy sessions at the Hand Street School and at Exeter Developmental Preschool.

Laurie Moreno

Laurie Morenoa special education teacher at Stratham Memorial School, has spent the past 42 years striving to educate the whole child and striving for her students to succeed.

Janet Prior

Janet Prioran eighth-grade English teacher at Cooperative Middle School, has spent 27 years creating experiences that allow students to demonstrate and develop their skills in meaningful ways.

Bill Perkins

Bill Perkins, vice-principal at Cooperative Middle School, has been a true advocate for children for the past 33 years, committed to ensuring that all students have the opportunities and support they need to succeed. The new addition to the CMS is also a sign of his dedication after spending years working to bring it to fruition.

Pam Belanger

Pam Belanger, an English teacher at Exeter High School, has spent 42 years inspiring thousands of students with his love of literature and writing. During her time in high school, she taught a variety of classes, helped create several electives, and directed several plays and musicals.

Sam Heath

Sam Heath, a Spanish teacher at Exeter High School, started in 2004 as a substitute before moving into a permanent position two years later. For the past 17 years he has taught all levels of Spanish bringing his endless knowledge of art and literature into his teaching.

SAU 16 comprises 11 schools ranging from pre-kindergarten to adult education serving the towns of Exeter, Brentwood, Kensington, East Kingston, Newfields and Stratham.