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Poland retiree feature: Sally Leahy


Retiree Sally Leahy poses with her retirement plaque from the Board of Education


Poland Central School District congratulates first-grade teacher Pam Finn, school psychologist Jennifer Herkel, physical education teacher Sandy Hitt, special education teacher Sally Leahy and first-grade teacher Karen Livingston on their retirements!

Retiring bus drivers Karen Smith and Michael Miller were featured in a separate story which you can read by clicking here – congratulations to them as well!

Finn, Herkel, Hitt, Leahy and Livingston were asked some questions to help recognize their retirements, and their responses are being featured in stories released one per day this week. Today, we are featuring retiree Sally Leahy!



Sally Leahy


Length of time at Poland: 32 years.


Position: Special education teacher for all 32 years at Poland – teaching  grades K-8 throughout those years.


Other roles at Poland CSD: Advisor for the Classes of 2011 and 2021, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and Kids Against Pollution, Poverty and Prejudice (KAPPP); one of the founders of Fine Arts Fans booster club and one of the coordinators for the annual Elementary Career Week.


A memory you want to share of your time at Poland: Singing on the PCS stage with Red Grammer with my son, who was in fourth grade then. We were pulled from the audience because we knew all the words to “The ABCs of You.”


Reflecting on retiring from Poland: I enjoyed the scenery on my daily commute to school. The fall leaves ... the frost on the trees along the creek ... after a heavy snow, the way the tree branches leaned over the road ... the sun rising over the village...Gorgeous! When I was a student in eighth grade, my dad’s job transferred him from Baldwinsville, N.Y., to Marcy, N.Y.  My parents found a house in the village of Poland, but the sale didn't come together, so they bought a house in the Whitesboro school district instead. When driving through Poland, I often wondered what it would have been like to go to a school as small as Poland, when compared to the sizes of Baldwinsville and Whitesboro.  Having spent 32 years here... I think I know now, and it would have been a great place to spend my high school years.



Retiree Sally Leahy poses for a photo