SPFHS bids farewell to retiring educator Vincent Turturiello


photo by Ian MacPherson; artwork by Gabriela MacPherson

Ian MacPherson

As senior graduation draws near, so does the time for retiring educators to depart from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. Five members of the SPFHS community will be embarking on an exciting new stage of their lives: teachers Laurie Call, Suzanne Doliber, Janet Ramos and Mary Kate Schiller, and supervisor Vincent Turturiello.
Turturiello reflects on his experience at SPFHS and looks to the future.
Q: How long have you been working at the High School?
37 years.
Q: What were you doing before you started working here?
I had my own private business called Music On Wheels, Taught in 4 catholic schools in Newark Belleville, and Nutley.
Q: What led you to work here?
There was only  one page application in 1978.
Q: What is the most rewarding aspect of your job here?
The kids have been wonderful, they make my day everyday.
Q: What do you plan on doing after you retire?
I will be spending time with my family.
Q: What are you going to miss the most about SPF?
The kids and the music.
Q: What are you going to miss the least about SPF?
I loved every part of my job. Nothing!
Q: This year’s theme for the Senior Issue is “Pop Art.” What has made your experience here pop?
You can count all the numerous state titles I have won with all of the ensembles, I also coached two sports at SPF, and ran many intramural programs, I was able to combine my coaching/athletic background to the music arena, and it paid off.
Q: Do you have anything that you would like to add?
Remember, if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.