As the 2018-2019 School Year comes to a close, Mars Area School District is saying goodbye to several retiring staff members:
Ruth Goncus, a sixth grade language arts teacher at Mars Area Centennial School, is retiring after 24 years in the District.
Goncus, who holds a master’s degree in reading education and a bachelor’s degree in education from Slippery Rock University, joined the District in 1995 as a first grade teacher at Mars Area Primary Center, where she also served as a second grade teacher.
Before joining the District, Goncus managed a women’s clothing store; worked as an accounts payable clerk; and was a headhunter for job applicants in Houston, Texas.
This September, Goncus, a Butler resident, will celebrate 40 years of marriage to her husband, Larry. The couple has three children, Justin, Emerson and Brian.
In her retirement, Goncus plans to travel; take some classes; enjoy her grandchildren; and to read.
Michael J. Holupka, a music teacher at Mars Area Middle School, is retiring after 36 years in the District.
Holupka, who holds bachelor’s degree in music education from Duquesne University, joined the District in 1983 as a band teacher at Mars Area Middle School. Throughout his years at Mars Area, Holupka has taught sixth, seventh and eighth grade bands and offered instrumental lessons for fifth-graders at the former Adams Elementary School.
Before joining the District he served as a long-term substitute instrumental music teacher at both Yough School District and Mount Pleasant School District as well as an assistant band director at Greensburg Salem High School. He was also previously a binding technician at Willi’s Ski Shop in Seven Springs and as a musical instrument repair technician at Stemple Music and Volkwein’s Music
In his retirement, Holupka plans to fish, shoot, build furniture, work on his house, and spend time with his family.
Linda Maney, activity and staff attendance secretary at Mars Area High School, is retiring after 12 years in the District.
Maney, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University, joined the District in 2007 as a library secretary. She previously served as a paraprofessional and secretary at Dauphin County Technical School.
She and her husband, Gary, live in Butler and the couple has one son, Jonathan. In her retirement, Maney plans to sleep in.
Carol Moreau, a first grade teacher at Mars Area Primary Center, is retiring after 17 years in the District.
Moreau holds a master’s degree in language communication, a bachelor’s degree in child development and early childhood education, and a reading specialist certification from the University of Pittsburgh; and she has completed 30 graduate credits at Slippery Rock University.
She joined the District in 2002 as a first grade teacher. Moreau previously served as a substitute teacher at Mars Area; a preschool teacher at the Carriage House Children’s Center at Chatham University; a reading specialist at Quaker Valley School District; a research assistant at the University of Pittsburgh’s Learning Research & Development Center; a reading specialist at Slippery Rock School District; and, as a stay-at-home mom.
Moreau and her husband, Pierre, live in Adams Township and her three children, Andrew, Patrick and Tedd, are all Mars Area graduates. In her retirement, she plans to “not live on a minute-by-minute schedule;” to learn a new language; travel; spend more time with family and friends; garden; make stained glass pieces; volunteer; and organize her house.
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