Wilton says good-bye to 21 retiring school employees

Twenty-one Wilton public school employees will not return to the school district next year, with six Miller-Driscoll, five Cider Mill, two Middlebrook, six Wilton High School and two central office employees retiring on June 30.


Miller-Driscoll will lose three preschool employees this summer — physical therapist Meredith Dommu, paraprofessional Janet McCall-Fleming and Preschool Director Fred Rapczynski, who have worked in the district for 15, 14 and nine years, respectively.

Other Miller-Driscoll retirees include:

  • Library media specialist Linda Green, retiring after six years in the district.

  • Second grade teacher Lynne Malat, retiring after 21 years in the district.

  • Executive secretary Dianne Thulin, retiring after 28 years in the district.

Cider Mill

Cider Mill will lose the following five teachers, all of whom have worked in the district for more than 10 years:

  • Special education teacher Patricia Colum.

  • Paraprofessional Jeralyn Kirkpatrick.

  • Fifth grade teacher Katherine Stallfort.

  • Fourth grade teacher Sherilyn Swords.

  • Fifth grade teacher Kathleen Dohn.

After 16 years in the school district, Dohn said she is leaving Cider Mill to pursue a career as a storyteller and “hopefully become involved in education in that capacity,” she said.

“Storytelling offers opportunities to tie into the social studies curriculum and provide enrichment, as well as strengthening creative listening skills,” said Dohn, who has a master’s degree in oral traditions.

Dohn first joined Wilton Public Schools as a paraprofessional in 2000. She was then hired as a part-time special education teacher in 2001 and a full-time fourth grade teacher in 2002 before switching to fifth grade in 2008.


After 18 years as dean of students at Middlebrook, Nancy Hasenauer is retiring. Brookfield resident Toby Kawulicz , who has been selected to serve as interim dean beginning July 1.

Hasenauer, who came to Wilton after teaching secondary English for 26 years, said she is looking forward to “tons of traveling, reading, golfing, sleeping in until at least 6 a.m., and reminiscing about all the wonderful days at Middlebrook.”

“I will most certainly miss the children who have kept me smiling and given me a reason to come to school each and every day,” said Hasenauer. “I will also miss the fabulous Middlebrook staff — the best and the brightest crew there is — along with the parents who were always so supportive.”

Terry Dobush, a paraprofessional at both Middlebrook and Wilton High School, is also retiring after more than 14 years in the district.

Wilton High School

Band director Frank “Chip” Gawle is retiring after 35 years at Wilton High School, during which he helped build the school’s band program with John Rhodes, who is also retiring.

Although their retirements are effective July 1, Gawle and Rhodes have an arrangement to remain to assist with the new leadership transition.

Assistant Principal Linda Lyall and science teacher Martha Russell are both retiring after 20 years in the district.

German language arts teacher Jo-Ann Cordes said she is retiring after 24 “great years” at Wilton High School, and school psychologist Eric Fischman is retiring after 14 years in the district.

Fischman said he is retiring from public school and going to work full-time at Winston Preparatory, a private school in New York City. Fischman, who joined the Wilton school district as a part-time school psychologist at Middlebrook in September 2002, said he will miss "working with hundreds of remarkable students” and “extraordinary faculty” in Wilton’s public schools.

Central office

Mary Channing is retiring from her transportation coordinator position after 27 years, and Susan Paley is retiring from her position as the district’s director of human resources after two years.

Middlebrook Principal Maria Coleman will take Paley’s place next school year.