First day of school — perfect for Breakfast in Collier Park

By Bill Tamburrino

The first day of school can be a stressful experience for students, teachers, staff and administrators, but not for retirees and former school employees.

While Ramona Unified School District students and staff were just getting into the swing of the 2012-2013 school year on Monday, 64 retired and former teachers, support staff employees, school board members, and administrators held their annual breakfast and get-together at Collier Park.

BREAKFAST IN THE PARK—As Ramona students started the 2012-13 school year on Monday, former Ramona Unified School District employees enjoyed Breakfast in the Park, an annual event held in Collier Park the first day of the school year. Sentinel photo/Bill Tamburrino

Retired elementary school teacher Dotty Cronin organized the event, but she got a lot of help from her friends. Retired food service personnel prepared the breakfast.

Many of the former employees actually attended Ramona Unified schools before they worked and volunteered for the district. Twin sisters Joan McIntosh and Pat Stockalper attended Ramona Elementary when it was a K-8 school and then attended and graduated from Ramona High. McIntosh came back as a librarian at Ramona Elementary and James Dukes Elementary, and Stockalper volunteered at RE and RHS and still gives an annual scholarship to a graduating RHS senior in her late husband’s name, Rudy Stockalper.

Many of the former employees still volunteer in Ramona schools and at other districts. Retired RHS English teacher John Bowman tutors at St. Patrick’s Elementary School in San Diego. Retired principal Myron Bill volunteers in math classes. Retired teacher Jose Smith plays his harp and guitar for children as they recuperate at Rady Children’s Hospital.

Retired Ramona High English teacher John Bowman talks with Mary Lou Gray, retired Olive Peirce Middle School librarian. Sentinel photo/Bill Tamburrino

Many others work as substitute teachers or serve as volunteer mentors.

“Since there are very few substitutes on the first day of school, it is a perfect day for our annual breakfast,” stated Cronin.

Twin sisters Joan McIntosh and Pat Stockalper are among participants in this year's Breakfast in the Park. Sentinel photo/Bill Tamburrino

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