Mars School District bids farewell to several retiring staff members
June 5, 2013
ADAMS TWP — As the 2012-13 school year comes to the end, Mars School District is saying goodbye to several retiring staff members: • Bonnie Botti, an English teacher at Mars High School, is retiring after 26 years with the district. In 1987, Botti began as an English teacher and gifted coordinator at Mars Middle School, before moving to Mars High School as an English teacher and SAP (Student Assistance Program) coordinator. She previously worked as an English teacher at Poland High School in Poland, Ohio. Botti holds a bachelor’s degree in English/political science from Westminster College, a bachelor’s degree in education from Youngstown State University, and a master’s degree in counseling from Slippery Rock University, In her retirement, Botti plans to travel, read and volunteer for the Reading with Rover program. She and her husband, Mark, live in Richland Township. • Jody Harbison, a fifth-grade teacher at Mars Centennial School is retiring after 41 years at Mars School District. During her career at Mars, Harbison taught various grade levels from second through fifth grades. She holds a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and reading specialist certification. She is a resident of Butler. • Kathryn Kengor is retiring after 28 years as a mathematics teacher at Mars High School. Kengor, who holds a bachelor’s degree in communications education from Indiana (Pa.) University and her mathematic certification from Duquesne University, previously served as a long-term substitute teacher at Highlands, Burrell and Fox Chapel school districts. In her retirement, Kengor plans to travel. • Rebecca Laubach, an English teacher at Mars High School, is retiring after 26 years with the district. A recipient of the 2012 Red Apple Education Award, Laubach holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in English/technical writing. She previously taught at St. Anthony School in Millvale. Laubach, who lives in Adams Township with her husband, Russ, is planning her daughter’s June wedding before making plans for her retirement. The couple has two daughters, Morgan and Paige. • Paula Quolke, a third-grade teacher at Mars Elementary School, is retiring after 42 years with the district. Quolke, who holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in early childhood education, previously taught for four years in a Catholic school. In her retirement, Quolke plans to shop for bargains, make her own greeting cards, clean, bake and travel. She and her husband, Thomas, live in Gibsonia. The couple has two children, Marcie and Vickie. In addition to retiring teachers, several other longtime Mars staff members are retiring or retired earlier in the school year. Retirees included Patricia Steiner, special education paraprofessional at Mars Elementary School; Virginia Alexandrunas, special education paraprofessional at Mars Middle School; Donna Stockert, secretary at Mars Elementary School; Sandra Williams, library secretary at Mars Centennial School; George Knaell, custodian at Mars Elementary School; Susan O’Shea, custodian at Mars Middle School; Linda Scott, custodian at Mars High School; and Lawrence “Pete” Vincenti, custodian at Mars Middle School.