At the end of this 2012-2013 academic year, Bishop Watterson High School says goodbye to four teachers who have taught here for a combined 123 years and are now retiring: Mary Bourke, David Eberst, Maria Lucchin, and John Modecki-Mellett.
Pictured left to right - first row: John Modecki-Mellett, David Eberst Second row: Maria Lucchin, Mary Bourke
Mary Bourke has been teaching British Literature and American Literature at Bishop Watterson for 30 years. She sent four kids through Bishop Watterson and says she's really going to miss the humor of the faculty. She was involved in the yearbook for 25 years, and is most looking forward to having free time in her retirement.
David Eberst has been teaching Physics and Honors Physics at Bishop Watterson for 23 years. "Doc" Eberst, as he was affectionately known, was the head coach of the golf team for 13 years. His teams won ten consecutive CCL championships and won the Division 1 state championship in 2004. He is looking forward to not having to set his alarm clock, not working around a bell, and getting to golf more frequently. When asked about his most fond memory, he said, "When alumni come back and tell that we prepared them for college."
Maria Lucchin has been teaching all different levels of Italian at Bishop Watterson High School for 40 years. She sent both of her children here, and was involved in the Italian Club as well as being the freshman year advisor. Lucchin's most fond memory of Bishop Watterson will be the study abroad trips. For 35 years, Lucchin took students to Italy, Greece, France, Switzerland and Spain during the summer months. She also started a student exchange program with students from Florence. She looks forward to traveling with her husband and spending time with her granddaughter during her retirement.
John Modecki-Mellett has been teaching at Bishop Watterson for 30 years. An English teacher primarily, Modecki-Mellett also taught some drama classes and he was involved with the plays and musicals for nearly 30 years. Mr. M & M as he was popularly known, said his fondest memory of BWHS was seeing his son graduate as a valedictorian. Modecki-Mellet looks forward to not waking up early upon his retirement.
While each educator brought his or her own special flavor to the Bishop Watterson melting pot, the retirees have one thing in common: They are going to miss the kids and faculty the most.
"The energy from the kids is the one thing I'll miss the most," Modecki-Mellett said.