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Happy ThanksgivingEast Greenbush Central School District wishes our entire school community a Happy Thanksgiving! All schools will be closed from Wednesday, November 22 to Friday, November 24. Schools will re-open on Monday, November 27.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, staff from around the district reflected on what they are thankful for in their lives. Happy Thanksgiving!

Frank Asenbauer
Frank Asenbauer
Head Groundskeeper

“First and foremost I am thankful for my family and friends. I am also thankful that I get to work with a group of people who are so dedicated to what they do that it makes work, not feel like work.”

Frank Cramer
Frank Cramer
Head Custodian – DPS

“I’m thankful for the opportunity for my family to get together on Thanksgiving. It’s a special time because we put out the good stuff to show appreciation to each other.”

John Flanagan
John Flanagan
2nd Grade Teacher – Green Meadow

“I really enjoy being around my family on Thanksgiving. It’s a great time to gather as one big family and be thankful for all our gifts, talents, and our health given to us from God.”

Allison Flynn
Allison Flynn
1st Grade Teacher – DPS 

“I am thankful for my husband, my two boys, and my family and friends. I am also thankful for the wonderful people and children that l get to work with everyday at D.P.S. I feel very lucky!”

Michael Leonard with student athletes
Michael Leonard
Director of Athletics

“I am extremely thankful for my family and friends. And I am thankful for the opportunity to be the Athletic Director for the East Greenbush Central School District and have the ability to work with so many outstanding students, staff, parents and community members. I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Sarah Lussier
Sarah Lussier
2nd Grade Teacher – Bell Top

“In addition to being thankful for my own loving family and loyal friends,  I’m especially grateful to spend my days with kids who I love like my own!”

Debreen Oliva
Debreen Oliva
Home & Career Skills Teacher – Goff

“I’m thankful for my family, especially my husband of 35 years, my son, daughter (and her husband), and my two grandchildren! As part of our 7th grade family living unit, my students are learning that families come in all types and sizes, but regardless of who they consider their family, their homework over the Thanksgiving holiday is to enjoy time with their family and I hope you all are able to do the same. Happy Thanksgiving.”

Colleen Masters
Colleen Masters
6th Grade Teacher – Goff

“I am thankful I have a loving home family and wonderful work family. After thirty years I still love teaching. The students make me laugh and keep me on my toes. I work with thoughtful supportive people who share the joys and help me work through the challenges everyday.”

Karen Rossetti with students
Karen Rossetti
Teaching Assistant – Genet

“As always, I am most thankful for my family and friends. I am thankful for laughter, hugs, the beauty in nature and the smell of good food cooking. This year I add to my list of gratitude my new EGCSD family, especially Genet, for giving me the opportunity to discover my love of working with children. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!”

Superintendent Jeff Simons
Jeff Simons
Superintendent of Schools

“I am thankful for my wife Pam of 23 years and my two beautiful daughters Ally and Kayla. Some days I am thankful for our Maltipoo pup-Izzy, although recently due to the time change she wakes us up at 4:30. For that I am not thankful. Importantly I am thankful and blessed to lead such a wonderfully supportive school community of East Greenbush. I am thankful to work side by side each day with a progressive and committed board of education, with talented and dedicated staff and supportive families in service to the students.”

Paula Sobol with students
Paula Sobol
Special Education Teacher – Red Mill

“Along with family, friends, and health I am most thankful that I wake up each day excited to do what I love. My days are spent with incredible colleagues and students who inspire me, challenge me and make me laugh. I feel so fortunate to work in such an extraordinary environment. I am also super thankful for Sundays full of football!”

Jamie Tobin reading to students
Jamie Tobin
Library Media Specialist – Red Mill and DPS

“I am thankful for so many things in my life: my health, my supportive family and friends, the wonderful staff in both my schools. I find so much joy in everyday life, including the opportunity to do something I love and have it not feel like work! We all have rocky times, but that makes us grateful for when life goes smoothly.”

Students give artwork to Mrs. Yeomans
Ana Yeomans
Principal – Genet

“Thank you for entrusting us with the care and education of your children.  Thank you for working with us and supporting our school’s initiatives and goals. Thank you for your many positive affirmations of our Character Education program and our efforts to assist our children to become good people, good school and community citizens, and good members of the Genet Family!”