We Celebrate: Loressa Syska

Loressa Syska knows she’ll miss her colleagues and students at George Read Middle School (GRMS), but after 21 years as a special education teacher, she looks forward to a lot of new things like traveling, spending more time with her husband, children, and grandchildren, but most of all she says she can’t wait to sleep in late!  In 2005 she was chosen as Teacher of the Year for the school where she says she always kept the best interests of her students at heart. While Syska clearly made an impact on the lives of countless students during her tenure as a teacher, she says she also learned a lot from them saying, “ My students have taught me how to be a better human being. They have taught me life lessons involving the virtues of acceptance, compassion, patience, and understanding. I credit them with helping me to become a more authentic, better version of myself.” As for her coworkers she says, “I will miss all of you more than you can imagine! Thank you for twenty-one incredible years!!” Principal Nick Wolfe deeply appreciates Syska’s contributions to the school saying, “For years Mrs. Syska has supported the students with the greatest needs and yet, has preserved her loving, caring, motherly ways.  A true team-player and jack-of-all-trades, Mrs. Syska wore many hats during her time at GRMS…. Her retirement from GRMS is much deserved, but one that will bring tears to many eyes.”