by Erik Beck, Staff Writer
When this school year ends, Mr. Richard Cozzone will be retiring after having taught for 35 years. He began his career in 1968 after graduating from John Carroll University and student teaching at South High. Mr. Cozzone signed his first contract at John Marshall High School, a Cleveland public school that signed 75 new teachers in 1968.
In 1979 Mr. Cozzone applied for an opening here at West G. In his time here, he has taught most levels of English, as well as Spanish I and II. He has also been class advisor, Key Club Advisor, AFS Advisor and Meditation Team co-advisor. During the 1980's he got involved with Drug/Alcohol counseling and intervention and after-care support groups.
Mr. Cozzone has worked with close to 5,000 students over his career. He has been involved in much volunteer work and now will have more time to devote to these interests. Since 1988 he has been an HIV/AIDS educator and caregiver. He is part of a statewide organization,the Ohio AIDS Coalition, and will now get the opportunity to participate in their "Healing Weekends," where more than 100 HIV positive people will meet to deal with the challenges of living with the disease.
Mr. Cozzone feels its time to move on. "I think 35 years is long enough
at any job, no matter how much I have enjoyed being here. It is time to move
on to other things I haven't had time for in my personal life." Mr. Cozzone
will have great memories of his career, but he will not leave without the feeling
of leaving something great behind. "I will miss being with kids. I will
miss sharing knowledge and stories I have learned. I will miss my colleagues
who are certainly some dedicated teachers in the WG system." Mr. Cozzone
will be ending a great career, and he will surely be missed by all.