As we close out this school year, we want to recognize five faculty/staff members who are retiring. We are so grateful for their dedication to Gilmour and our students and wish them all the best in their next chapters.
Neal Busch will be stepping away from his responsibilities in the technology department, where he has handled much of the “behind-the-scenes” details of our Blackbaud database. Neal's expertise, patience and tenacity have been of enormous value. We are grateful for the Busch family’s friendship (Neal and his wife, Bonnie, both worked at Gilmour after their son, Jake, graduated in 2003) and for Neal's steady and guiding direction to our information services. The pain of his departure from the technology department has been softened by his willingness to remain a photographer for campus events.
Cindy Candau was recognized at the year-end faculty meeting for her 20 years of service as an Upper School Spanish teacher. During that time, she has served as our foreign language department chair; organized and led multiple student trips to Spain; been active in Gilmour's diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives; and been a consistent and active volunteer in Gilmour's service programs. She has served on numerous mission trips to Honduras and worked closely with Tiho Teisl and Pat Brubaker ensuring Gilmour's continued commitment to Nuevo Paraiso. Cindy's role at Gilmour extends beyond her role as an educator. Her daughter, Rosalie, is a Gilmour alum from the Class of 2010.
Nancy DiVicenzo, our Lower School nurse and substitute teacher, will always be remembered as the calming, competent voice on the other end of the phone, saying, "Everything is OK, I am calling to tell you..." She has been there to provide loving care for all the bruised knees, upset tummies and everything in between that hit her office on a daily basis, offering immediate attention and expert care.
Randi Russell is retiring after 22 years at Gilmour. She helped establish the Montessori program in our Lower School and her passion for children is genuine and can be felt the moment you enter her classroom. Her dedication to Gilmour, our mission, our families and her colleagues is inspiring and significant. She has served as a model of teaching driven by a passion for children.
Debbie Marcum has served as Randi Russell’s assistant for 20 years. She has been on a leave of absence this year and has now decided to retire. However, she is looking forward to staying connected with students, faculty and staff as well as working as an occasional substitute as needs arise.
Thank you to these wonderful models of committed and passionate employees for their years of service!