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April 4, 2014

Town to honor 2 retired teachers

Pair will be inducted into North Andover Educators Hall of Fame

NORTH ANDOVER — This year two retired teachers will be inducted into the local Educators Hall of Fame.

Kathleen Callagy taught at Franklin, Atkinson and Bradstreet schools from 1969 until 1988, then served as principal of Bradstreet from 1989 until 2003.

Anne Ericson taught eighth-grade language arts at Atkinson Upper Elementary School and North Andover Middle School from 1964 until 2001. She continues to be active in the community as a member of the North Andover Historical Commission.

Barbara Whidden, the parent of a student who had Callagy as a principal, wrote in her nomination statement that “When the School Committee voted to close the Bradstreet School, it was difficult for parents to accept because Kathy had created a safe, warm and educationally sound environment.”

Barbara Vogel, a former colleague of Ericson’s, called her a “dedicated eighth-grade language arts teacher” who for many years helped students publish a yearbook. Ericson also worked with Tom Rooney and produced many plays and musicals at the middle school, always involving as many students as possible, she added.

The School Committee usually inducts one retired teacher into the Educators Hall of Fame each year. Nominations come from colleagues, former students and parents. This year the committee decided to induct both Callagy and Ericson because they seemed equally worthy, according to Chairman Stanley Limpert.

Callagy and Ericson will be honored at a luncheon that will probably take place early in May, Limpert said.

Last year’s inductee was Mary Lou Lynch, who taught math at North Andover Middle School from 1976 through 1995. John Minihan, who taught world history teacher at North Andover High for many years, was chosen for the Hall of Fame in 2012.

Other members of the Hall of Fame include Arthur Forgetta, longtime North Andover High School math teacher, honored in 2009; Judith Hillner, selected in 2011, who taught fourth grade at Franklin School in 1968, transferred to Atkinson School in 1988 and retired as assistant principal in 1999; and Gerald Sanford, also honored in 2011, longtime English teacher at the high school.

No one was inducted in 2010.

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