Roose Elementary teachers Denise Kruszewski, second from left, and Amy Bopp, second from right, were among the 15 Center Line Public Schools retirees recognized June 21. Pictured with them are district Superintendent Joseph Haynes, left, and Roose Principal John Grob.

Roose Elementary teachers Denise Kruszewski, second from left, and Amy Bopp, second from right, were among the 15 Center Line Public Schools retirees recognized June 21. Pictured with them are district Superintendent Joseph Haynes, left, and Roose Principal John Grob.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


CLPS retirees recognized for their years of service

By: Maria Allard | Warren Weekly | Published June 30, 2021

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CENTER LINE — When reflecting on the careers of those who touched the lives of children in Center Line Public Schools, district Director for Special Services Terri Karam quoted from the book of Ecclesiastes.

“Everything has a season ... a time to weep and a time to celebrate, a time to keep and a time to let go,” she said. “I feel like we’re experiencing all those emotions this evening as we bid farewell to our dear colleagues.”

Karam was one of many staff members who spoke on behalf of the 15 district employees, including teachers and support staff, who retired at the end of the 2020-2021 school year. A retirement ceremony was held at the district’s June 21 school board meeting inside Center Line High School.

Karam specifically addressed three Special Services staff members who retired: social worker John Daley for 31 years of service, speech and language pathologist Linda Ruprich for 33 years of dedication, and special education teacher Linda Finazzo, who worked for the district 27 years.

“Linda Ruprich began her career with Center Line and was always the sweetest, kindest speech pathologist. Everyone loved Linda,” Karam said. “Linda Finazzo, with support from some of her colleagues, started the early childhood programs in Center Line. The way she crafted them was speaking with parents and finding out what their needs were, what their desires were.”

Daley worked at every building in the district since coming to Center Line in 1990. He addressed the board when talking about his career, including his experiences during COVID-19. He said he saw staff from every level, including administration, step up.

“Thirty-one years, it goes by pretty quick,” said Daley, who added that there were just two social workers when he started and now there are six. “That’s pretty awesome to see. The need is much greater, I think. God brought me here for a reason, for a purpose.”

Roose Elementary School Principal John Grob acknowledged the dedication of Peck fourth grade educators Denise Kruszewski and Amy Bopp. Kruszewski was in the district for 21 years and Bopp 26 years.

“Teachers like Amy are curators of educational experiences. One of her favorite experiences is when she took a group of fourth graders on a trip to Hartwick Pines on Mackinac Island,” Grob said. “This trip served as the backdrop to begin the study of Michigan’s history.”

The Roose administrator also spoke on behalf of Kruszewski, who prior to coming to CLPS worked in a Montessori program.

“One of Denise’s most memorable moments was when she was recognized as teacher of the year,” Grob said. “That is certainly a great and deserved honor. I asked Denise for advice for all of the new teachers. She kept it short and sweet: ‘Don’t sweat the small stuff.’ From everyone at Roose we are both wishing you well in retirement.”

Also recognized were Sandra Piasecki, 28 years; Marvin Dials, 5 years; Nancy Malysz, 32 years; Russanne Bucci, 5 years; Linda Crampton, 23 years; Tina Kruse, 19 years; Vivian Conley, 20 years; Pamela Scozzari, 26 years; Denise Flanigan, 26 years; and Marjorie Wemyss, 32 years.

“It’s really important to recognize people who have gotten us to where we are,” Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Shannon McBrady said. “Tonight, sadly we have to say goodbye to some teachers, staff members and custodians that have made such a difference to colleagues’ lives, students’ lives, to our school family and our school culture. These are really good people. Please accept our words of thanks.”

Peck Elementary Principal Meghan Evoy also was on hand to offer her congratulations. During the ceremony, each teacher received a plaque and a goodie bag of cookies.

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