The last day of school in 2018 marks the last day of teaching for five long-time, much-loved Feehan teachers, as each enters their well-earned retirements. Between them, these five stalwarts have devoted over 150 years of service to Feehan.
Two of the retiring faculty members are also graduates of Feehan, meaning their time on Holcott Drive dates all the way back to the 1960s. For Lou Gazzola ('66) and Brenda Loiselle ('69), the Feehan green runs especially deep. Mr. Gazzola is a long-time English teacher and coach, a distinguished alumni honoree and a member of the school’s athletic hall of fame. Mrs. Loiselle is the long-time director of fine arts at Feehan, also a distinguished alumnus and a member of the school’s fine arts hall of fame, inducted just this past May.
Joining Mrs. Loiselle and Mr. Gazzola in retirement are three members of Feehan’s world languages department: Dr. Karen Brennan, Ms. Ana Lopez, and Mrs. Nancy Souliere. Mrs. Souliere served as a world language teacher for the past 40 years. Dr. Brennan served two stints at Feehan, totaling 27 years, and Ms. Lopez has been working at Bishop Feehan for the past 20 years.
“Feehan – and generations of our students – are forever in the debt of these five talented and committed Catholic educators who combined have served for 156 years here on Holcott Drive” notes Bishop Feehan President Tim Sullivan ’87. “Teaching in a Catholic school is always a commitment and a service. But spending a career in the field, especially at one school for so long, is truly a vocation. It's incalculable to think of the number of lives they've touched. Their students; the husbands and wives and children of their students; the co-workers of their students – all are better because of the work of Nancy, Lou, Brenda, Karen and Ana. Godspeed to all!”
Each of the retiring teachers will be honored on June 19th at Feehan’s annual end-of-school faculty luncheon.