SPFHS bids farewell to retiring educator Suzanne Doliber


photo by Ian MacPherson; artwork by Rachel Lambert

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.
Doliber reflects on her experience at SPFHS and looks to the future.
Q: How long have you been working at the High School?
I have been working here for 12 years.
Q: What were you doing before you started working here?
I worked at Terrill for 3 years teaching seventh graders primarily and one course of eighth grade.
Q: What led you to work here?
The challenge of working at the High School and just being able to contribute.
Q: What is the most rewarding aspect of your job here?
Working with students and seeing them succeed not only here, but seeing them succeed when they get out in college and beyond.
Q: Do you have any funny stories from your experiences here or elsewhere?
The year I transferred to the High School, I went skiing in Colorado and I heard a voice in the locker room where you put your skis on and it was Dr. Heisey. That was about 12 years ago, and this past year, when I was in Colorado again waiting for a plane to come back, I ran into one of my students on the airport. So the beginning of my career here and the end of my career here, I saw people in Colorado.
Q: What do you plan on doing after you retire?
I’m going to spend time with family, go hiking, and travel. I want to go to South Dakota. There’s a place called Spearfish, South Dakota, that looks really beautiful.
Q: What are you going to miss the most about SPF?
All the people that I work with. The students, the staff, and the administration.
Q: What are you going to miss the least about SPF?
Standardized testing and not being in an air-conditioned room when it is 90 degrees or more outside. But those are just short periods of time, but that’s what I won’t miss.
Q: This year’s theme for the Senior Issue is “Pop Art.” What has made your experience here pop?
The people.