Milestones: Holliston’s Retiring Teachers

The Holliston Reporter today congratulates two Holliston teachers retiring after a career devoted to educating the community’s youth.  We asked them to reflect upon their years of service and share some thoughts with us, noting what they would most miss. 

Karen Blackney, Holliston High School, Mathematics

“When asked, the first thing that comes to mind is that I can’t believe 26 years have passed since I first started teaching in Holliston.  Holliston is the only district that I have worked for. 

“Throughout my career there have been many administrative changes, but putting students first has always been the priority. There is also a longstanding tradition of support from parents that is much appreciated. 

“My colleagues have always been a professional, caring group of educators that work as a team to support our students.  My students are respectful young adults and are truly impressive.  I will miss the conversations and interactions with my students and colleagues.”

Carlene McGorty, Placentino Elementary School, Preschool Special Education

“I have been a Preschool Special Education Teacher for 21 years in Holliston.  It has been my privilege and honor to work with a school staff at Placentino Elementary School that are dedicated to giving all young children a caring and supportive school family. It has been an honor to be a part of these little ones’ first school experiences. I took my responsibility to them and their families very seriously. 

“I will dearly miss being at Placentino with my teacher friends and spending my time in a playful, creative, and happy classroom. Being a preschool teacher in Holliston has been a joyful and rewarding time in my life.”

We wish these two teachers whose experience has touched so many of your sons and daughters, grandchildren and friends many happy and healthy years doing some of those things they put aside as they pursued their professional career.

The Publishers

1 Comment

  1. Jim Flynn on June 9, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    Congratulations and thank you to both Karen and Carlene!

    I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Carlene many years ago thru the 1st Congregational church. She is one of the kindest, dedicated, and most wonderful people I’ve had the pleasure to know – so I can only imagine her impact at school!

    Best wishes to you both in this next phase!!

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