Woodbury Elementary School secretary Mary Abbe has announced she will retire at the end of June. A retirement open house is planned for Mary from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Monday, June 5 at Woodbury.
Mary has worked at Woodbury for 43 years, starting as a paraeducator in 1974 before becoming secretary in 1988. She has been secretary at the school ever since.
Mary said she’s enjoyed her work at Woodbury, which is why she stayed at the job. She’s getting a lot more hugs from students and staff since announcing her retirement.
“Being around the kids all the time, that’s what I’ll miss a lot,” Mary said.
She also wanted to thank the Woodbury staff through the years for their hard work.
“I’ve had wonderful staff people,” she said. “They are so dedicated to helping students.”
Woodbury teacher librarian Sue Cahill called Mary the glue that holds the staff together and the first face families, students and staff see each day.
“She always has a smile and is helpful to all,” Cahill said. “She is kind and generous to all who pass through our doors.”
Mary looks forward to a slower paced retirement.
“I think it’s time that I did something different and took it easy for awhile,” she said.