With the school gathered together in Sekera Auditorium, the John Bapst math department took the floor for a few moments to celebrate Sue Sheren, who has worked at John Bapst for 31 years.
Recognizing her as one of the best math teachers in the state, fellow mathematics faculty Brenden Murphy, said, “To call Mrs. Sheren one of the best math teachers in Maine would be an understatement. She’s simply THE BEST. It has been a pleasure and privilege to have worked with you over the last 8 years and you have helped me to become a better math teacher. More importantly you’ve made me a better person. Thank you for all that you’ve done for all of us at John Bapst!”
The department handed her a beautiful bouquet of red roses – one for every year she taught at John Bapst, as fellow faculty member Karen Snyder read the following:
“Sue, you are an amazing teacher and mentor, so I wrote you a short retirement poem. Everyone, please remember I am a math teacher, so forgive any grammatical errors and bad rhymes.”
Poem for Sue’s Retirement
Summer is coming, school’s end is in sight,
And thoughts of vacation give us delight.
But one sad thought is, of Sue, no longer here,
Our math guru is leaving, about to disappear.
After 31 years, she is ready for change,
No more math wisdom to be exchanged.
Her gardens need tending, there is so much to do,
Knitting sweaters and blankets, school is finally through.
Her puppies are home waiting, to run and be fed
And her cats to curl up at the foot of the bed
Here’s 31 roses, one for each year,
For your service here, we would all like to cheer
Hip hip hooray, Sue,
We are thinking of you
So please come on up and we can hug you goodbye
And I promise we will try not to cry
We are happy for you, we wish you the best,
But we’ll miss you as you are the best.