Bob Lungrin and Rosemary Cervantes to Retire  

June 30, 2014
On Wednesday May 7, 2014 at our Professional Development Organization celebration the professional development department honored two outstanding long-time employees. Bob Lungrin, Director of Professional Development, and Rosemary Cervantes, English Language Coordinator, together have served ESU 10 for 39 years. They will both be retiring as of the end of June and will be missed by all of us.

The celebration was held at the Holiday Inn with many of our colleagues from across the state in attendance. The theme of the evening was a Mexican fiesta which was fitting for our tribute to Rosemary. We gathered well wishes, words of thanks, and/or vignettes from those with whom she worked. We shared a presentation with these expressions of esteem to honor Rosemary’s dedication to her profession. We also included short video clips from her grandchildren that expressed their excitement for her retirement and the time she will be able to spend with family. We will greatly miss Rosemary’s knowledge, expertise, and passion for the ELL population. Our department will also miss her cheerfulness, kindness, and sense of humor.

Bob was honored with an online quiz in which the audience participated. The quiz highlighted some fun facts about Bob. Did you know that Bob is a great impersonator? Did you know that Bob is the King of the Analogy? The ESU 10 table was the indisputable winner of the quiz, which makes sense as we know him best. There was a short speech about what Bob means to all of us followed by our rendition of “Happy Trails”. We look at Bob’s retirement with a heavy heart however we also recognize how lucky we were to have had him as a leader. Following is the speech we gave at the banquet which is a compilation of ‘deep thoughts’ from each of us in the professional development department.

Bob your leadership and guidance has been instrumental in helping all of us thrive in our work environment. You have challenged our thinking and helped us think in terms of the big picture. You helped us see multiple perspectives in order for us to serve our schools more effectively. Your ability to see the potential in each one of us is appreciated. You have encouraged us to grow and provided us the freedom to learn and make things our own.

Bob, you have touched all of our lives, not only professionally but personally as well, and will have a lasting impact on all of us in many ways. You display a gentle nature and caring respect for your colleagues. You have been approachable and supportive and always had the right words to say to make us feel better in difficult situations.

We know your zest for life will never retire and we know you and Cindy will enjoy all that life brings your way. We will miss your quirky spirit and fun-loving nature and all those darn analogies. You have left an indelible mark on all of us. Thank you for being our boss and our friend.

-by Susan Evans and Dallas Lewandowski, Professional Development Coordinators