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Logging off: 9 teachers retire after a year of difficulties

Logging off: 9 teachers retire after a year of difficulties

Mia Carr and Hailey Cho
May 21, 2021

As the school year comes to an end, goodbyes are being exchanged throughout South’s hallways. Although most of these farewells will only last for the summer, there are a few people who will not be returning...

Illustration by Patsy Corolan

14 staff members wave goodbye to South, hello to retirement

Sloane Shabelman, staff writer
June 12, 2020

As Sonja Meyer concludes her 26 years as an English teacher at South, she can only think of one way to describe this unsatisfying end to her school year: “I feel like students who get to the end of a...

REMEMBERING THE RETIREES: Posing with her dance members for South’s 2006 Variety Show, Cindy Pouplikollas (bottom row, second from the left) participates in the Teacher’s Act Tradition; Pouplikollas is now retiring after 23 years as P.E. administrative assistant.

Lasting Impact: 2018 Retirees – Cindy Pouplikollas

Augie Mitchell and Sheila Fogarty
May 25, 2018

Every Christmas season, the students at Philip Rogers Elementary School in Chicago always have a smile on their faces, says Amanda Sideris, Hellenic Club president. Thanks to Cindy Pouplikollas, Hellenic...

TIME’S UP FOR TITAN: Talking to a football player, Mike Noll, former head coach of Glenbrook South’s Football Team and social studies teacher, spends time on the football field with the team. Noll has spent 14 years working at South.

Lasting Impact: 2018 Retirees – Mike Noll

Lauren Bianco, staff reporter
May 25, 2018

Mike Noll, former head coach of Glenbrook South’s football team and social studies teacher, will be retiring after this school year. Throughout 14 years of working at South, Noll has been able to work...

TIME’S UP FOR TITAN:  Performing on stage, Beth Barber, English and Drama teacher looks to the audience during her act. Barber is retiring after 34 years of teaching Drama and English at South.

Lasting Impact: 2018 Retirees – Beth Barber

Ellie Ruos, co-features editor
May 25, 2018

From directing plays to grading essays, Beth Barber, English and Drama Teacher, believes her time at South has been incredibly rewarding. After 34 years in the classroom, Barber is savoring the last few...

REMEMBERING THE RETIREES: Standing on one hand, Phil Carello demonstrates his experience in gymnastics (above), as he helped coach the men’s gymnastics team for 16 years until 2005, and is now retiring after 21 years as a staff member.

Lasting impact: 2018 Retirees – Phil Carello

Eliza Schloss, co-editor-in-chief
May 25, 2018

Instructional assistant Phil Carello had not missed a day of work since 1997, when he first began work in the Glenbrook School District. His first day off from school came a few years ago when he underwent...

Forever a Titan:   Pumping his fist in the air during the teacher act in the 2017 Variety Show, Synchronicity, Jim Shellard, student activities director, dances in a way that exemplifies his comical personality. Shellard’s spirit and passion for the students and events of GBS will be remembered in the halls and in hearts far into his retirement.

Shellard retires after 27 years of serving South community

Abby Grant, co-opinions editor
May 26, 2017

It’s approximately 4:00 p.m. when a heavy vibration resonates throughout the carpeted floor of GBS. Inside the Student Activities Office (SAO), James Shellard, student activities director, dribbles a...

Leaving their mark: South teachers reflect on careers before retirement

Leaving their mark: South teachers reflect on careers before retirement

Table of Contents: Kathy Hargesheimer Paul Zwiercan Chris Valles Carol Buresh Bernice Kirchler Anne White Suzanne Shore Gregory Johnson   Kathy Hargesheimer by...

SINGING FOR SIRVATKA: Preparing for the concert on May 28, members of the Master Singers choir practice their piece entitled “Orphans of God.” Current students of Sirvatka will be performing the piece along with some of his former students.

Sirvatka’s retirement concert to put ribbon on career

Aakash Bhojwani & John Park, staff reporters
May 27, 2016

“Don’t settle for mediocrity.” Although it is Choir Director Marty Sirvatka’s final year, according to GBS graduate Tom Olickal, his mantra will continue to ring throughout the Choir Department...

RETIREMENT READY: Joining together to reminisce about their careers, South retiring faculty prepares to end the school year for one last time. These staff members have devoted countless years to helping students learn and grow. Featured from left to right: (top) Jerry Zabin, John Lewis, Todd Hansen, Peter Masciopinto, Terry Jozwik, Marty Sirvatka, (bottom) Janice Osowski, Ellen Eichler, Mary Vicars, Kay Sopocy, Dawn Fendt. Not featured: Fred Kocian, Carol May.

Retirement is now in session: South faculty say goodbye to GBS with lasting memories, relationships, legacies

Alexandra Sharp, Eliza Schloss, Brigid Murphy, Hannah Buchband, Anne Marie Yurik, Yoon Kim, Youjin Shon, Savera Zulfiqar, Kathy Yoo, Abby Grant, Aakash Bhojwani & John Park, and Kyle O'Shaughnessy & Maggie Eschenbach
May 24, 2016

Table of Contents: Terry Jozwik Todd Hansen Mary Vicars Fred Kocian Jerry Zabin Dawn Fendt Ellen Eichler John Lewis Pete Masciopinto Janice Osowski Marty Sirvatka Kay...

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