SPRING LAKE HEIGHTS — The Spring Lake Heights School community converged on the Feb. 27 Board of Education meeting to celebrate the service of employee Lori Mathews, who is retiring.
Families, friends, staff members and former school board members attended the Monday meeting to recognize the service of Ms. Mathews, who first started working as secretary to the Principal/Superintendent at Heights Elementary in October of 1997.
During his speech on Ms. Mathews, Principal/Superintendent John Spalthoff recalled how she made him feel “at home” when he was applying for the Heights Elementary superintendent position six years ago. He added that everyone, from parents to substitute teachers, received the same kindness from Ms. Mathews when stepping through the school’s front doors.
“Lori’s work ethic is unparalleled and she is willing to go above and beyond the daily expectations to ensure that each task is completed efficiently and on time”, Mr. Spalthoff said. “Her ability to be a constant professional, regardless of what was ever going on, will be her legacy.”
Following Mr. Spalthoff’s words, the Board of Education presented Ms. Mathews with two plaques, one from Heights Elementary and another from the Heights Police Department, to commemorate her 25 years of service to the Heights Community.
While reflecting on her career, Ms. Mathews said “I will miss everyone so much. I have been blessed to work with so many wonderful past and present co-workers, board members, the Heights Police Department and the Heights PTA.”
Ms. Mathews also said that she is “forever grateful” to Linda Martensen, an administrator in the Wall Township School system who, when hired as the Superintendent/Principal for Heights School in 1997, personally brought Ms. Matthews over from the Wall School system.
“If it wasn’t for Linda”, Ms. Mathews said, “I wouldn’t have come to Heights and had the opportunity to spend an amazing career here with people that will forever be my Heights family.”
Ms. Mathews added that now, her husband and herself are looking forward to “traveling, spending time with our family and friends and eventually relocating to North Carolina in the near future.”
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