After nearly 50 years
as an educator and 13 years as aprincipal
at Commack High School, Mr. Ronald C. Vale is retiring at
the end of June.
Vale has always known he wanted to focus his career on education
because he has always loved being around children. He first
came to Commack in 1962 and became principal at the high school
in 1993. What he loves most about his job is that there is
constant change. It makes my life very interesting,
He has taken part in innumerable
aspects of Commack High School. Vale is present at school
events such as concerts, plays, and games. He provides
frequent encouragement in my dramatic pursuits, said
Senior Aaron. Vale continually makes himself available to
all students, parents, and staff. He takes the time to hear
their concerns and always keeps them in mind. His students
are his main concern and priority. It has always been important
to Vale that Commack students not only know of the opportunities
that exist but take advantage of them. Mr. Vale will miss
the times when he can help students do better and move
forward. His commitment to always strive to improve
the school has improved the quality of education that Commack
students receive. Hes a true educational leader.
Our high school has come a long way from the time he has been
at the helm, said Science Chair Mr. Terrence McNamara.
Being an educator has been a fulfilling experience for Vale.
It has been his pleasure doing what he loves for over five
Vales retirement plans include traveling and spending
more time with his children and grandchildren. He will be
moving to Florida to be an active grandparent. Im
looking for the warmer weather at this point in my life,
Mr. Vale has been a real asset to the school and everyone
will miss him next year, said Junior Elise.
Terrence McNamara (written by Shalini)
After nearly 38 years
of dedicated education in the Commack community, Mr. Terrence
McNamara, the Science Department Chairperson, will be retiring
at the close of this school year.
Initially a chemical engineer, McNamara began his career in
Commack High School South in September of 1969 as a general
math teacher. Since then he has worked as a general science
teacher, an AP physics teacher, International Baccalaureate
Theory of Knowledge teacher and he has assumed the role of
science department chairperson for the past 6 years. Additionally,
McNamara has coached Varsity Wrestling for 32 years at Commack
High School South, as well as Boys Tennis.
Mr. McNamara is an inspirational educator; he is always
trying to get his students to think on more than one level.
He is as intelligent as he is witty, said Senior Adam.
As an IB/AP teacher for quite a number of years at Commack
High School, McNamara says it was fun teaching the top
of the educational pyramid. His main advice to future
students is to always question authority and continue
to take difficult courses and become life-long learners. In
terms of retirement plans, McNamara said, I dont
know what Ill do Just all the things Ive
had on hold, things I usually had no time for.
Teachers and students alike agree that McNamara will truly
be missed and has contributed a great deal to the advancement
of student learning and education.
Hes the best chairman a great advocate for
the students and he has been great to work with, said
Research teacher Sharon Pavulaan.
John Maher (written by Shirou)
After years of working
with the Commack School District, World Language Department
Chairperson Mr. John Maher has announced his plan to retire
after the 2006-2007 school year. Coming to teach in the high
school in September of 1967, the end of the 2007 school year
will mark the 40th year that Maher has been involved with
the Commack School District. Maher used to teach Biology and
English as well, but always remained in relation with the
"It's just over the year you run into wonderful people:
the kids, the administrators, the secretaries, the custodial
help, it's more of an impression of wonderfulness, for lack
of a better word there's a wonderful atmosphere that
pervades, not only through Commack High School, but the entire
district it's that attitude, that kind of commitment
to each other, that makes Commack so different from other
places," said Maher.
There has never been a day, when McNamara hasnt enjoyed
coming to work and in his words, It has always been
Mr. McNamara connects with students on a personal level
he is understanding, and we all wish him the best of luck
in his retirement, said Senior Tracey.