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Washington School Appreciates Ms. Gerdy

Tree dedicated to second grader teacher to mark her 30 years of service.

parents traditionally show their appreciation for teachers in June, but an exception was made on Teacher Appreciation Day this year to mark the 30th anniversary of Jeannie Gerdy. 

Gerdy was surprised Tuesday afternoon by her second grade class and parents who planted a tree outside the West Caldwell school in her honor. At the base of the tree is a stone engraved, “Jeannie Gerdy, 30 Years of Service, 2012, Second Grade Class.”

Gerdy said for someone who talks a lot she was at a loss for words.

The stone was a gift of John Schomaker of West Caldwell who attended the dedication ceremony. Schomaker said two of his three children had Ms. Gerdy when they went through Washington.

“She’s the foundation of all these kids. She sets the tone,” he said.

Current Washington mom Julianne Grosso helped to co-ordinate the surprise, which brought Ms. Gerdy to tears.

Grosso began the brief ceremony with a quote from William Arthur Ward, “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”

Another Washington parent, Melissa Ryder, said her son Weston is in Ms. Gerdy’s class this year.

“She is such a terrific teacher that I hope my younger one gets her as well,” Ryder said.

Students presented their teacher with a bouquet of flowers and posed for a picture to remember the day.

Washington School Principal Barbara Adams said she has been honored to work with Ms. Gerdy during the 11 years she has been at the school. Adams said she hoped Ms. Gerdy would be around for at least 11 more. 

Akiko Tawarada-Axe May 09, 2012 at 02:55 PM
There are many great teachers in Washington School and Ms. Gerdy is definitely one of the best! She is an energetic teacher who guided my daughter to a higher level, a dream to work with in every school events and wonderful positive influence to everyone around her. Bravo to Ms. Gerdy!! Happy 30th year!
Linda Garfinkel May 09, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Both of my daughters were fortunate to have had Jeannie for 2nd grade. I especially appreciated her great encouragement for her students read as much as possible. Thank you Ms. Gerdy for all you have given our children!

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