Applause, hugs, cake, praise and a few tears were on the agenda at the Coast Unified School District meeting May 23, as some special people were honored.
District Superintendent Chris Adams honored the 2013 Lay Citizen of the Year Chris Milbrath, noting that the youth pastor of Community Presbyterian Church helps North Coast youngsters in many ways. “I’m honored to stand here and thank you for what you do for our kids,” Adams said.
Among Milbrath’s many contributions are teaching sports, from tennis to the always laugh-producing broom hockey (usually on youth campout trips). He also organizes excursions and expeditions, the high school Wake Jam, the church’s October Harvest Festival and much more.
Teacher of the Year Sally DiMaggio, who retires at the end of the month, was lauded by Bob Watt, principal of the grammar school. He likened her gentle, caring teaching methods to her yearly spring endeavor of raising chicks in class, including this year’s Blondie, Rolling Star and Rocket.
With her students, Watt said, DiMaggio “helps them out of their shells, too, and gives them wings.” He said her teaching talent and compassion “make her impossible to replace. She teaches with vigor and excellence.”
Classified Member of the Year Patti Stroh, secretary/registrar at Leffingwell High School, wasn’t able to attend the meeting.
Other retiring teachers also were honored, including Teresa Amberg (district speech therapist), April Benham (intervention teacher), Steve Dunn (high school social science) and Kit Hansen (middle school social science).