NO. R-158.  House concurrent resolution honoring retiring Shaftsbury Elementary School principal Norma McShane.


Offered by:  Representatives Miller of Shaftsbury, Botzow of Pownal, Corcoran of Bennington, Freed of Dorset, Krawczyk, A. of Bennington, Krawczyk, J. of Bennington, Livingston of Manchester, Molloy of Arlington and Morrissey of Bennington.

Offered by:  Senator Sears of Bennington County and Senator Shepard of Bennington County.

Whereas, in her varied, but related, career roles as a classroom teacher, school librarian, and elementary school principal, Norma McShane has sparked a love of learning and the printed word in thousands of youngsters who have been fortunate enough to come under the tutelage of this outstanding educator, and

Whereas, she was born in Rochester, New Hampshire, graduated from high school in Conway, and from Keene State College where she was the college yearbook editor and listed in the publication Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, and

Whereas, after earning her undergraduate degree, Norma McShane accepted a teaching position at the Molly Stark School in Bennington and later transferred to the Arlington Elementary School, and

Whereas, she furthered her own education at the University of New Hampshire, where in 1971, she completed a master’s degree in library science, and

Whereas, with her specialized credentials, Norma McShane was well qualified to serve as the school librarian at the Arlington Elementary School and later at the Catamount School, and

Whereas, based on her praiseworthy performance teaching children in the classroom, and introducing them to new authors at the school library, she was named principal of the Shaftsbury Elementary School, a position she has held with enthusiasm and honor for the last 11 years, and

Whereas, aside from her school administration duties, Norma McShane has found time to be an active community leader, including serving as president of an area affiliate of the American Association of University Women; president of the Southwest Vermont Education Association; a member of the Bennington Library Board of Trustees; a trustee of the Second Congregational Church; a representative for the Kellogg Foundation’s Leadership Program for New England; and a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, and

Whereas, after over four decades as a professional educator, she is retiring as principal of the Shaftsbury Elementary School where she has been a caring and devoted principal who, on a daily basis, displays gestures of kindness described by her staff as “the goodness in [her] heart which spread[s] happy feelings to everyone around [her],” now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Norma McShane on her remarkable career in public education and wishes her many happy years ahead with her husband John, daughter and son-in-law Michele and Tao Garcia, and her granddaughter Kyla, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Norma McShane at the Shaftsbury Elementary School.