St. Margaret’s joyous all-school closing ceremony on Wednesday served as a celebration for a school year completed—and also a touching tribute to Susan Remsberg, the last remaining founding faculty member who is retiring after 40 years at the school.
Mrs. Remsberg received a heartfelt standing ovation as her service at St. Margaret’s—dating back to the school’s opening in 1979—was recognized and she was officially appointed faculty emeritus, the highest honor the school bestows on a member of the faculty or administration.
“This is a moment in time that will not happen again in the history of the school,” Mr. Moseley told the audience. “This is the last founding faculty member at St. Margaret’s. Please join me in celebrating Susan and her 40 years of service to St. Margaret’s.”
In addition, Head of School Will Moseley announced the creation of the Susan A. Remsberg Award, which will be given annually to a member of the St. Margaret’s professional community. According to the description of the award:
This award is given annually at the All-School Closing Ceremony to a member of the St. Margaret’s professional community for outstanding contributions, singular in focus or a collective body of work, that have had significant impact on the school community in the past year or recent years.
Embodying qualities that emulate Mrs. Remsberg’s dedication to and unconditional love for students and St. Margaret’s, the awardee exemplifies a profound commitment to St. Margaret’s mission and core values, and demonstrates personal joy, enthusiasm and vision for their unique role within the organization in making a positive impact to the student learning experience and the school community.
Mrs. Remsberg, who taught grade 3 for many years and later led the Lower School music and K-3 Good Shepherd programs in addition to providing music at various events throughout the school year, received a long standing ovation. She then spoke to those in attendance, urging everyone to fulfill the school’s mission and live a life of learning, leadership and service.
“We do this mission so beautifully here, and we can do it wherever we go,” Mrs. Remsberg said. “I’m going to keep that in mind for the rest of my life.”
Also earning faculty emeritus status was Gerry Manning, who is retiring after 25 years at St. Margaret’s where he taught Lower School physical education and started the school’s lacrosse program. Mrs. Remsberg and Mr. Manning both received an emeritus certificate as well as the traditional emeritus gift of a college chair with the school crest and years of service engraved on it. Mr. Manning also received a custom lacrosse stick for his role in starting the program.
Their recognition capped a joyful event the closed the book on another school year filled with academic achievement and memorable moments.
Mr. Moseley also recognized the Class of 2019, who will officially graduate this weekend and join more than 2,100 St. Margaret’s alumni. He also recognized Annalee Gunderson and Grant Kinsey, who will be the volunteer class agents of the Class of 2019 and partner with the alumni relations office and the Tartan Alumni Association to ensure their classmates’ connection to St. Margaret’s remains strong.
Senior Indigo Agan was honored with the David G. Boyle Lifetime Service Award, given to a lifetime Tartan whose service and dedication to the school best reflects the extraordinary contributions of the late David Boyle, former Upper School principal and associate head of school who worked at St. Margaret’s from 1980 to 2012. Marilynn Boyle, David’s wife and St. Margaret’s faculty emeritus, joined Mr. Moseley in presenting Indigo with the award.
The ceremony also recognized the achievements of St. Margaret’s professional community, some retiring and others celebrating anniversaries.
The ceremony ended with a festive singing of the alma mater as the 2018-2019 school year officially came to a close.
Congratulations to the faculty and staff listed below for achieving St. Margaret’s anniversaries:
Faculty Emeritus (Retiring)
Susan Remsberg, Lower School (40 years)
Gerry Manning, Lower School (25 years)
Peggy Beemer, Upper School (19 years)
35 Year Anniversary
Kellie Paul, Middle School
25 Year Anniversary
Nancy Linaweaver, Upper School/Athletics
Pilar Corral, Buildings & Grounds
Lynn Ozonian, IT
Wendy Romagnino-Perry, IT
Andrea Siracusa, Campus Services
20 Year Anniversary
Lora Allison, Upper School
15 Year Anniversary
Debbie Herrera, ECDC
Gina Moorman, ECDC
Roland Allen, Upper School
Kate Cunningham, Upper School
Michele Silverman, Arts
Stacey Miles, Arts
David Bush, Business Office
10 Year Anniversary
Lisa Murphy, Wee Tartans
Vicente Morales, Building & Grounds
Ramon Cruz Camacho, Building & Grounds
5 Year Anniversary
Liz Cheney, Lower School
Brooke Nelson, Lower School
Veronica Johns-Richardson, Middle School
Kylie Middlebrook, Middle School
Liz O’Shea, Upper School
Masami Stahr, Upper School
Rick Freeman, Security
Ritchie Metcalfe, Security
Denise Karlsen, Admission
Alex Serna, Breakthrough SJC
Jonathan Tufo, Advancement