38-year veteran staff member says goodbye
By Shauli Bar-On
(Appeared in print issue 8 on 5/25/16)
After 38 years of teaching, PE teacher Paula Weismann has decided to retire at the end of this school year.
“I’m looking forward to slowing life down,” she said. “It’s been a great ride.”
Weismann began her teaching career at Independence High School, where she taught for two years before joining the FUHSD in 1976. She taught in the PE department for two years and then English for the next 21 years before returning to teach PE for another 15.
“I truly love this school and all of its aspects and my co-workers, pas and present,” Weismann said. “The quality of education, standards and hard work ethic have been unwavering over time,” she said.
Weismann was honored as the certified staff member of year in 2014.
“She’s done a ton of stuff over the last 40 years here… she’s just been a real backbone of the campus,” Principal Greg Giglio said. “Not only has she been here a long time, but she has really stepped up and made this place her own and made it better.”
Weismann has taught under 13 principals in every FUHSD school besides Cupertino HS. Over the years in the school setting, Weismann has been an athletic director for 15 years, a basketball, volleyball and badminton coach, the athletic director, a spirit and class adviser, a yearbook adviser, a school site president and an FEA representative.
Weismann is additionally proud of herself for surviving 19 years of construction on site.
“[I wouldn’t choose any] other career, started here at age 23. I wanted to be a veterinarian, but I didn’t want to do eight years of school, so I did the next best thing to working with animals — teaching teenagers,” Weismann said.
She looks forward to visiting Homestead even after she retires.
“Like the Terminator,” Weismann said, “I’ll be back.”
Weismann said she is ready to move on to the next chapter of her life.
“It has been a long but illustrious ride here at Homestead. I am sure I bleed green and white,” Weismann said. “It seems surreal that I came in as a 23-year-old whippersnapper who was by [seven or eight] years the youngest member of the staff, to now being the old matriarch.”
The staff held a farewell party for Weismann last week, where the staff bought her a diamond bracelet.
“We’re gonna miss her, and we wish her the best and we thank her for all her years of service,” Giglio said.