New Teacher Orientation — Mashpee

In this Enterprise file photo from 2017, Cathy Loyko, assistant to the superintendent of schools, passes out Hawaiian leis to all of the teachers before they board the bus at Quashnet Elementary School.

After 26 years working in the Mashpee school system, administrative assistant Cathy Loyko was honored at the Mashpee School Committee meeting Wednesday last week, February 3, to celebrate her upcoming retirement.

Ms. Loyko began working for the Mashpee school district in 1995 as a cafeteria monitor. Since then, she has held numerous positions including school-year administrative assistant, administrative assistant for the assistant principal at the Quashnet Elementary School and transportation coordinator. Additionally, Ms. Loyko has been the recording secretary for the school committee for the past 13 years.

“Thank you very much. It’s been a real pleasure working for the school,” Ms. Loyko said during the meeting. “It’s been surreal because it’s still hard to believe I won’t be working in Mashpee schools anymore, but I’m sure it’ll all become normal after a while. It’s been a real joy.”

The recognition of service by the committee was said to be a “bittersweet moment,” as Ms. Loyko has been an important person in the school and the Mashpee community. Ms. Loyko received a plaque from the committee and a signed greeting card.

“Cathy is going to be phenomenally missed,” Mashpee Middle-High School Principal Mark L. Balestracci said. “I came into Mashpee as a 22-year-old kid with no experience, not a lot of background, and Cathy, from the first day I met her in HR all the way up to my current role, [was] just a phenomenal person, a resource and a support.”

Quashnet School Principal MaryKate O’Brien added, “She has been a rock for us. She is a great go-to person, resourceful, always pleasant, always willing to help myself and my team in the office as well as all of the teachers. Cathy, you will be missed terribly from Quashnet school, and you really have left a lasting impact.”

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