Saying Goodbye to Mrs. Stern: by Eve Brown-Ryder

Mrs. Rochelle Stern grew up in Brooklyn, New York and attended Queens College to become an elementary school teacher. She taught elementary school in Brooklyn for six months before getting married and moving to Manchester, New Hampshire. From there, she and her husband moved to Nashua where she taught fifth grade. After five years of teaching in Nashua, she paused her career and had children. It was ten years before she rejoined the workforce as a paraprofessional at Memorial High School in 1984. Approximately fifteen years later, she moved to the front office to be a receptionist and then became the guidance office’s receptionist five years later. The next position change was to the main office to be the administrative services manager and that is where she has been for eight years. Although she has worn many hats, Mrs. Stern has been at Memorial for thirty-five years.

After many decades of working in a school environment, Mrs. Stern has learned many invaluable life skills. However, the most important one is how to get along with people. “Especially in a school though, I think it’s so important. If students need your assistance or your help [it’s important] that you’re there for them… You never know when the phone rings who’s gonna be there. You never know who’s gonna walk in the door [or] what they’re gonna want and you just have to be there to help them.”

Upon retiring, Mrs. Stern plans to spend more time with her family. Two of her grandchildren live in New York City with her son and his wife and her other grandchildren live in Concord. Other post-retirement plans include traveling, reading, resting, relaxing, and learning how to relax. “I really don’t know how to relax yet. I’ll be looking for things to do, but I’m gonna try to, you know, take my time. They always say: do what you want, when you want, if you want.” Ultimately, Mrs. Stern looks forward to trying new and different activities with her newfound free time.

As for a legacy, Mrs. Stern would like to leave behind her rule: “Help anybody that needs it.” In other words, if someone has the means to help others, they should do so rather than using excuses such as “I don’t have enough time” or “It’s not my job.” As a final note before going into retirement, Mrs. Stern would like to add that “it’s been wonderful working here for thirty-five years… Mr. Adamakos has been fabulous to work for… It’s a very positive place to work.”

Thank you, Mrs. Stern!

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