After more than three decades of teaching, two Hopewell Vallery teachers are set to retire Jan. 31.
District science supervisor, Mary Yeomans, and social studies supervisor, Jack Wolff, are retiring after 36 and 37 years working for the district.
Yeomans started teaching science in the Hopewell Valley School District in 1976.
After graduating Ursinus College with a degree in physics, Yeomans accepted a position teaching 7th grade science at Timberlane Middle School. After six years at Timberlane, she transferred to Hopewell Valley Central High School.
She said when she started the the high school had two break rooms – one for men and one for women. She remembers her first tour of Hopewell Vallery.
“I got a bus tour of Hopewell Valley my first day that included Hillbilly Hall (a restaurant-bar), Gravity Hill, and not much else. There were very few places to stop,” Yeomans said.
During her time at Hopewell Valley Central High School, Yeomans taught honors, advanced placements and conceptual physics.
Yeomans said she has been the science supervisor for kindergarten through grade 12 for the last seven years. As supervisor she oversees the science teachers and helps them with professional development.
“I love watching teachers teach, it is just magical,” she said.
Yeomans also volunteered her time as the coach of the school’s Robotics Club, which was formed under her supervision.
Her colleague, Jack Wolff, also started at Timberlane Middle School.
While at the middle school, Wolff wrote the a new World Cultures curriculum.
“Designing a social studies curriculum that helps our students become productive citizens, where they can apply their learning to today’s world, is a worthy goal, ” said Wolff said.
Wolff graduated from Bloomsburg University with a degree in history and political science. He has a master’s degree in Education Administration from The College of New Jersey.
Wolff teaches the Global Issues and Awareness class at the high school.
Wolff said as social studies supervisor for kindergarten through grade 12, he has enjoyed creating a curriculum in which students see the connection between historic events and current ones.
Superintendent Thomas Smith applauded the supervisors for their years of service.
“As teachers and as supervisors, Jack and Mary have dedicated their lives to this district and we have been fortunate to have them here,” said Smith. “Their work over the years has laid a strong academic foundation for our district to build upon. They leave a lasting educational legacy and we are richer for it.”
Smith said interim supervisors to replace Mr. Wolff and Mrs. Yeomans will be hired for the remainder of this school year.
Smith said next school year, the science supervisor position will be combined with the math supervisor position into a single job, a STEM Supervisor (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Social studies will be combined with language arts into a single humanities supervisor position.