The end of a school year often brings with it bittersweet moments, and none is as bitter or as sweet as bidding farewell to a beloved colleague. Unfortunately for Gill St. Bernard’s, this school year’s conclusion harkens in a new era for Assistant to the Upper School Meredith Swenson, who will be retiring after eleven years of keeping the Upper School running at tip-top shape to spend more time with her family.
Meredith will not only be leaving the GSB Campus, but she will be moving out of New Jersey in its entirety to join her two grown daughters in Colorado. Hiking and skiing will be the new orders of the day—instead of faxing and emailing—and her life will be charged with new adventures and daily family visits. Despite all the wonderful changes that are to come, Meredith does admit she will miss the GSB campus and the people.
“I have really enjoyed being here,” Meredith said. “I honestly wish I’d started working here decades ago.”
Her colleagues are wishing the same thing, and they have a few thoughts of their own to share:
“The only thing she cares for more than animals is the people at Gill, and we have all been better off for it.”
-- Upper School Director Joel Coleman
“Meredith has taken good care of all around her—the GSB Upper School faculty and staff, the Hillard plants, the cardinals who frequent the feeder outside her office window, multiple copiers, fax machines, shredders, portable heaters, and so on. Thank you for your good care, Meredith.
Congratulations on your retirement!”
-- Director of College Guidance and Assistant Director of the Upper School Kerri Small
“I have been at Gill St. Bernard’s since 2006 and have had many close colleagues retire over the years. It's always so surreal when someone important to GSB moves on.
Meredith is the heart of the upper school office, and her absence will forever change the overall "personality" of this space. Meredith has been a lifeline to both parents and students who were in need of assistance, a friendly face to visitors in Hillard, and a friend to so many faculty and staff.
I am selfishly sad to see her move, but also excited for her as she starts her next chapter in life.”
-- Registrar and Data Systems Manager Eileen Wood Procaccino
Congratulations, Meredith, and thank you for your longstanding impact on GSB! You will be missed.