Normandy High School remembers and honors a friend, esteemed educator
September 30, 2019
by Erin Stocks
Normandy High School
On September 7, the Parma City School District lost beloved eighth grade Social Studies teacher, Mrs. Susan Stovcik. Stovcik served the Parma City School District for 41 years and was an example of educational excellence to all.
To honor her legacy, the staff and students of Normandy High School have planned a variety of activities and events.
During the week of September 23, Key Club students will be collecting donations for the Animal Protective League during lunches. A donation from these collections will be made in Stovcik’s honor.
On October 2, Key Club students will also be making tie blankets to take to the animals. Key Club is collecting blanket fleece for this purpose. Donations from the community are appreciated and can be brought to the Normandy High School office prior to the October 2 blanket assembly meeting.
“Susan was one of the most remarkable educators I have encountered in my 20-year career,” Yolanda Rodriguez, Deputy Principal at Normandy High School expressed. “She was a mentor who offered love and acceptance to students and colleagues without hesitation.”
During her time at Normandy High School, Stovcik dedicated herself to serving as the Student Government advisor. Student Government students, under the direction of Carrie McCarthy, are dedicating this year’s “Powder Puff Football Game and Bonfire” to honor Stovcik’s memory.
“Mrs. Stovcik was one of the most influential people in my life,” McCarthy said. “She was passionate, positive and eternally optimistic.”
Students designed a shirt for the event and included words that Stovcik said to Student Government president, Kevin Bubnick, earlier this year: “This year is going to be so much fun!” Students will also wear red,white and blue in Stovcik’s honor during homecoming week to honor her love of country and her service in leading the Washington D.C. trip for so many years.
Highly respected in the teaching community, Stovcik raised the bar for educators. Though her physical presence at Normandy is missed, her legacy will continue. The educators and students who were lucky enough to work with her will long look to her example of integrity, kindness, optimism and positivity.
She will be fondly remembered as a champion for students, an inspiration to her colleagues and as a dedicated professional who passionately loved her profession.