HONESDALE - Five educators from Wayne Highlands School District were honored May 30 for the Professional Recognition Celebration of the Wayne Highlands Education Association (WHEA) at Ehrhardts Waterfront Resort May 30.
    The retirees; Beth Campfield, Lisa Hutchison, Terry Ritter, Carole Weber and Lisa Zielinski dedicated nearly 150 years combined to the teaching profession. President of the Wayne Highlands Education Association, Todd Miller served as master of ceremonies and toastmaster.
    Gregory Frigoletto, superintendent spoke about his relationship and deep respect for the educators, with whom he has worked in his many capacities through out the district. Miller and Celebration Chairperson Ginny Motsko presented the honored guests with a WHEA gift and a framed certificate from the Pennsylvania State Education Association. Frigoletto and Assistant Superintendent Timothy Morgan formally recognized each retiree with a plaque from the District.
    Campfield earned a Bachelor of Science in Special Education from Hood College, Frederick, Maryland, and Masters in Elementary Education from Marywood University, Scranton. In her 32 year career, she worked with  United Cerebral Palsy and as a 5th grade special education teacher at the Wayne Highlands Middle School. She concluded her career as an elementary educator at Lakeside School, grades 4 and 5. She served on the WHEA Retirement and Negotiation Committees and the Professional Development Committee.
    Weber received a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Art History from Greenville College, Greenville, IL. She earned a Master in Teaching with a concentration in Painting from Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA. She taught art for Wayne Highlands at Preston, Damascus and Honesdale High School for 29 years.
    Ritter earned a Bachelor of Science in Special Education from Mansfield University and a Master of Science in Reading from Marywood University. She was hired by Wayne Highlands to teach 6th grade reading, language arts and social studies. She later taught 7th and 8th  grade and eight years ago transferred to the position of Title 1 Reading Coordinator and Title 1 teacher. Ritter was very active with WHEA for 30 years, serving as faculty representative, WHEA secretary and membership chairwoman. She has served on the Instructional and Professional Development Committee and is currently on the board of the local chapter of First Book.
    Zielinski earned a Bachelor’s degree from Kutztown College and began her career in a local bank. Prior to being employed full time at Wayne Highlands, Zielinski helped many students find success in math through her private tutoring. She taught math for 15 years at Wayne Highlands, two at Wayne Highlands Middle School and 13 at Honesdale High School.
    Hutchison graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Penn State and from Marywood University with a Master of Arts in Elementary Guidance Counseling. Through her tenure, Hutchison has taught at Preston, Damascus and Lakeside Schools. Her 32 year career has included teaching 3rd, 4th and 7th grades as well as gifted and guidance. She has participated as a mentor teacher, faculty friend to at-risk students, SAP member and Red Ribbon Committee member.
    At the celebration, special acknowledgments were extended to Wayne Highlands School District staff who are not members of WHEA. Miller said, “It takes everyone to create excellence within a school system and we thank everyone for their contribution to that goal.” Included in the recognition were  District Technology Supervisor and previous Wayne Highland Middle School educator Tamlyn Ebert and Custodian in Memoriam Gilbert Loscig. WHEA wishes each retiree a healthy, happy and successful retirement.