‘Tis bittersweet, but after 43 years of teaching, St. Jean De Brebeuf elementary school teacher Mrs. Annette Vittiglio, or “Mrs. V” has officially retired.
For many of Mrs. V’s past students, reflecting on the times they shared with her, brings them joy, and reminds them that even during uncertain times, good people exist.
To honour her many years in the education system, Mrs. V’s students wanted let her know just how much she made an impact on their lives.
Mariah Lush, one of Mrs. V’s former St. Jean De Brebeuf students, remembers their time together fondly.
“Mrs. V made sure to treat her students, and she taught like no other by making her classes and history lessons engaging,” she reflected. “She treated everyone equally! (The students) couldn’t wait to be taught by Mrs. V.”
“My family adored her, and all of us were blessed to have the experience of being taught by such a lovely woman.”
Former student Alyssa Meyerowitz remembers Mrs. V’s kindness, and unwavering memory.
“Even years after I left, she always asked me how my family was doing and referred to them by name,” she said. “She always remembered.”
Former student Sabrina Junqueira remembered her for the inspiration and positivity Mrs. V instilled.
Junqueira, now studying to be an elementary school teacher, reflected on her two years with Mrs. V from 2010-2012.
“I truly believe that Mrs. V’s education and guidance has aided in the kind of person I have grown up to be," she said.
"She introduced me to one of my favourite books, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. She genuinely cared about what was going on in our lives outside of those school doors. She would even bring us apples from her tree at home."
“She made me feel excited to learn. Mrs. V is one of the teachers that inspired me to become a teacher myself and I am sure she has inspired many others in the same way.”
Many students remember Mrs. V for her compassion, her wit in the classroom, and, as Meyerowitz notes, “Her amazing pronunciation of French names during history class.”
Many vividly recall the snacks she brought to class for her students, such as mints and cookies.
“There are 43 years worth of reasons for many students as to why she has been the most influential teacher, and I hope that with this Mrs. V understands the lasting positive impact she had on us all,” expressed Junqueira.
The community wishes Mrs. V a happy and restful retirement.
Galatians 6:9-10: Let’s not get tired of doing what is good, for at the right time we will reap a harvest—if we do not give up. So then, whenever we have the opportunity, let’s practice doing good to everyone.
Congratulations, Mrs. V!