Bassignani to retire as Garvin Memorial School principal

Bassignani to retire as Garvin Memorial School principal

CUMBERLAND – Garvin Memorial School’s principal Judith Bassignani will retire from her position at the end of the month, marking the close of a 45-year career working in elementary schools.

Bassignani took the helm of Garvin seven years ago after she had retired from teaching in Massachusetts, where she lives. She said it was the enthusiasm of the children that brought her back to work.

“They want to learn,” she said. “You get to see so many changes in them.”

On Monday, members of Cumberland High School’s graduating class walked the halls of their former elementary school in advance of their graduation, celebrating their accomplishments while inspiring the younger students. Afterward, Bassingnani was invited to walk the same route, met with an outpouring of love from students, faculty and staff.

“It is with gratitude that I look back over my past 45 years in education,” she told The Breeze. “I entered a profession dedicated to assisting young people achieve their potential. I hope over my career that I have been able to make a positive difference by encouraging at least one child, inspiring a teacher and easing the anxiety of a parent. I know that I have learned at least as much as I tried to teach.”

She thanked members of the Garvin community for providing her with the opportunity to work with them and their children.

“You have been like a second family to me,” she said. “I wish I could say thank you in a way that would truly express how much your kindness and support have meant to me.”

Bassignani said she doesn’t anticipate leaving education soon, and hopes to return in some part-time capacity at the end of summer.

“I know I leave Garvin in the capable hands of an extraordinary faculty and staff,” she added. “There are so many memories that I will carry with me throughout my life.”