By Lizzie Wilcox
Three longtime Half Hollow Hills East High School employees retired from their roles last month.
The three women are Christine Inglis, an educator and guidance counselor for 32 years, 18 of which were devoted to Hills East; Karen Giordano, a nurse in the Half Hollow Hills School District for 20 years; and Gloria Mandell, a science teacher in the district for the past 14 years.
Inglis coordinated the annual Junior and Senior Awards Program, taught global studies and was also an advisor to the Half Hollow Hills Chapter of the National Honor Society.
Mandell has taught earth science, marine science, astronomy, meteorology, AP environmental science, chemistry and biology, and was also the advisor of the Science Explorers club.
Dr. Jeffrey Woodberry, principal of High School East, said the trio had a positive influence on the school.
“Karen [Giordano], Chris [Inglis] and Gloria [Mandell] are all caring, talented, wonderful people who have impacted students and staff in immeasurable ways,” Woodberry said. “They have left a lasting legacy on our school and they will never be forgotten. Our team has been stronger because of them. I feel fortunate to have known them. I wish them the best of luck moving forward in life.”
During the high school’s annual retiree breakfast, which was held on June 24 this year, Huntington Councilwoman Susan Berland presented town proclamations to the retirees.
“As a mother of four children who graduated from High School East, it was my pleasure to honor” them, Berland said. “They have impacted countless lives over the course of their careers and will be greatly missed. I wish them all the best for a happy and healthy retirement.”