By Caleigh O'Toole and Beryl Rosenberg
Mrs. Antonia Woodman, home and careers teacher, has decided to leave Oyster Bay High School after 38 years of teaching. Although Mrs. Woodman is sad to see her career come to a close, she is excited to see what the future holds for her.
We asked Mrs. Woodman what she loved most about her time here in Oyster Bay. “It is the kids and the families here,” she said without hesitation.
Mrs. Woodman also said she loves walking through Oyster Bay, knowing that she’s a part of the school district and the
people here. When we asked what was so special about the town she responded, “This is an Americana. This is a town I love.”
Mrs. Woodman was originally an art major, and she revealed that she plans to go back to school and take art classes so she can do what she loves. “I’m going to miss school and being with the students, so I’m going to be a student,” she revealed.
Over the years, Mrs. Woodman’s classes have been full of sewing, cooking, and various home economics projects. She will especially miss her gingerbread house project. “We raised so many thousands of dollars over the years, and I'm going to miss my seventh graders making those houses and selling them for charity. But I'm still going to design gingerbread houses and make them and give money to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer,” she said. This is a very important project for Mrs. Woodman, and she feels that we, as a high school, really make a difference.
Mrs. Woodman has left a lasting impact on the students here at OBHS. As we reflect on our own time in her classes, during 7th and 8th grade, we remember the valuable lessons we were taught. We’re grateful to have learned how to prepare a meal and sew a simple stitch, life lessons that many may take for granted. But most of all, we are grateful for a teacher who loves her job and enjoys being around kids.
On behalf of everyone at Oyster Bay High School, thank you, Mrs. Woodman.