Tuesday, June 16, a “Retirement Parade” consisting of over 130 cars accompanied by Essex fire engines, MBTS police and Essex police surprised Sue Hardy and Jeannine Stanley at the Essex Elementary School with a show of love and respect for the many years they put into their careers.

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EES teachers Sue Hardy and Jeannine Stanley greet their retirement parade on Tuesday, June 16.

From Nicole Curcuru, 3rd grade EES teacher:

Susan Hardy has been teaching at EES for 35 years.  She started in fourth grade and then became the school’s librarian and technology teacher.  Sue has touched the lives of thousands of children.  From instilling a love for reading to her passion for Essex History, Mrs. Hardy is a true gem.  She is in her element when students are gathered on the rug and she is reading a story.  Sue has been a role model for all the teachers at Essex Elementary.  She collaborates well, takes an interest in her colleagues and provides support.  Sue enjoys boating, relaxing at the beach and traveling the world with her husband, Brian.

Jeannine Stanley has been teaching for 38 years, first in fourth grade and then moving to second grade.  Jeannine, the Queen, is kind-hearted and caring.  She sees the good in all students.  Her compassion and dedication spreads like confetti through Essex Elementary School. Jeannine is a pro-active problem solver.  She is quick with a joke and her laugh is contagious.  Jeannine enjoys traveling especially to Italy and spending time with her family.

Sue and Jeannine created a sense of community at Essex Elementary School and their legacy will never be forgotten.


From left to right; Laura Carlson, Dina Flood, Cait Conceicao, Cindy MacDougall, Cindy Dodge, Nancy Filias, Maggie Tomaiolo and John Willis.

Following the Essex Retirement Parade, a parade of cars carrying teachers, students and parents greeted retiring staff members Cindy Dodge and Cindy MacDougall on Thursday, June 18, at the Manchester Memorial School. When the “two Cindys” arrived at the school they were surprised by the Jimmy-Buffet-style theme and appropriate music provided by Principal John Willis. Pictured here are the team that organized the event.  To see more photos from this event, please visit The Cricket’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/TheManchesterCricket.

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