Plymouth: School Superintendent Dr. Gary Maestas Hosts Grand Welcome for School Staff and Administrators

In Plymouth, School Superintendent Dr. Gary Maestas produces an extravaganza to welcome the school districts teachers, 66 of them newcomers—they’ll teach in the districts 14 schools. And it was standing room only at North High School Auditorium early Tuesday morning, the room packed with teachers, administrators, and state and town officials.

One of the speakers, Tom Pinto who heads up the Plymouth-Carver teachers’ union, captured the moment when he told the crowd that competing against Dr. Maestas was like competing against Walt Disney. And indeed the song “Taking the Long Way Home”—introduced by the students in a striking production number, is the theme of the year, says the Superintendent:

“Taking the long way home is something that some people just don’t want to do because sometime it can be difficult, there is the unknown, challenges to be faced along the way, that’s why it’s a long way. And we want our kids to not be afraid to take the long way, because when you struggle those struggles sometimes are the most rewarding times of your life.”

Five teachers, Sherry Arrons, David Grossman Becky Hammel, Colleen Quinn and Lisa Whynott received coveted inspiration awards:

“Every single one of them has a very unique story and those stories are very significant to how they impact the lives of children and the families that they work with every day.”

School Committee Chairman Dr. James Sorenson welcomed the new teachers:

“Teaching the children of the Town of Plymouth is a great experience and so I’m hoping that every day they go to work it’s wonderful for them, and as I said in my closing, if you love your job you never work a day in your life.”

More than 7,000 students start school today.


About Bobbi Clark

Bobbi Clark is a Plymouth area reporter at WATD. She began her career in radio as a producer at a news/talk radio station in Chicago. From there she went to WMAQ-TV, the NBC owned and operated television station in Chicago, As a producer there, she won 5 Emmy Awards for production of special programming. Bobbi is a graduate of Emerson College, with a degree in Writing, Publishing and Literature.