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Two longtime administrators say goodbye

March 2, 2012

Deborah Wood and Susan GottliebThe Monticello Central School District is losing two of its beloved school leaders to retirement – Susan Gottlieb and Deborah Wood. Both administrators have served the district for multiple decades and have shaped the lives of hundreds of children from our community. They will be missed greatly.

Deborah Wood, Principal, Robert J. Kaiser Middle School

Deb began working for Monticello Schools in 1979. She will have given the district 33 years of dedication and commitment when she retires this July. She began as a physical education teacher and worked in that capacity for 11 years. She then served as the assistant principal for the RJK Middle School for five years. In 1995, she was chosen to lead the RJK school community - which she has done with compassion and grace for the past 17 years.

“I have enjoyed my time working in the Monticello Central School District,” said Ms. Wood. “It has been a great pleasure to watch our students learn and grow. I appreciate the support I received throughout my career from faculty, staff, administration, Board of Education, parents and students. We have a wonderful school community that I will miss very much.”

Susan Gottlieb, Principal, Emma C. Chase Elementary School

Susan began working for Monticello Schools in 1979. When she leaves this August, she will have given the district 33 years of dedication and love. She began as a volunteer while she was a student at Monticello High School. She then worked as a teacher aide in the elementary summer school program during her college years. After graduation, she was hired by the district to teach elementary school. During her tenure, she served as a literacy coach and then the principal of Chase – where she has been the instructional leader for the past seven years.

“It has been my honor and pleasure to serve Monticello in a variety of professional capacities,” said Ms. Gottlieb. “The Monticello Central School District is my home and my love, so it is with bittersweet emotions that I leave. I would like to thank the Board of Education for its support during my career. I have been very blessed.”