Pettingill School was my home away from home. My teaching career began there after graduation from the University of Maine, and ended 35 years later when I retired.

My classroom was in the old part of the building, at the end of the hall near the nurse’s office. I was Mrs. Gibbs during my early years of teaching, and Mrs. Sirois for the remaining years.

Under the guidance of five different principals, my teaching career at Pettingill was challenging, rewarding and always interesting.

I have many fond memories of the students, parents and school staff. A special thank you goes to Peter Slovenski, who was in my first class in 1966, and who, in 2001, presented an extremely kind tribute at my retirement party. As a teacher, I appreciate hearing how I’ve made a difference in a young person’s life.

The Pettingill teachers were a second family for me. We had fun together and worked hard together. Disagreements were usually settled quickly, which kept our bonds of friendship strong. I especially appreciate the many years I taught with Al Peseckis. Our professional exchange of ideas and mutual respect strengthened both of us.

Completing the Pettingill family were the supportive parents. It was a dynamic combination of those parents, students and staff that created the well-respected school known as Pettingill School — my home away from home.

Martha Sirois, Greene

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