Virginia Novak Cunha
After Stevens High, I went to UNH and graduated in 1965 with a BA in Microbiology. I put that to good use over the next two years in Brazil where I worked as a lab technichian and health educator on a project in Health and Community Development in the northeast part of Brazil. I returned in 1967 and began another career as an elementary school teacher, first in Philadelphia and then in Cornish, NH and Chesterfield, NH teaching science until 1973 when I got a job in Keene and taught 3rd, 4th, and 5 grades. I worked on writing curriculum for math, science, vocational training, and computer education. I retired after 32 years of teaching in 1999. I worked part-time as a substitute teacher, a tutor with Sylvan Learning Center and then with the elderly in Home Health Care . After 901 I began working at Smiths Medical Inc. in Keene. I tried the graveyard shift for 9 months and then got 'promoted' to Customer Service. That last job was probably the hardest one I ever did. My job got relocated to Ohio as of March 31st so I took Social Security and am now 'really retired', at least for awhile.
My husband Aureliano and I had 3 children: Ari who lives in Baltimore, MD; Angela who is working for LendingTree.com in the main office in Charlotte, NC; and Adam who also is in Charlotte,NC and works for Kuhne-Nagel, a logistics shipping concern.
We now have a developmentally disabled young man living with us until we decide on the next chapter in our lives. We are going back to Brazil for a visit with relatives this June and so will miss the festivities. However, I have already marked the 50th on my calendar.
See you then!