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Retirees Reflect On Their Time At Marion

The conclusion of the 2020-21 school year also signaled the retirement of three employees who combined to contribute more than 50 years of service to the Marion Central School District.

The District congratulates and thanks Dean Davis, Douglas Grab and Denise Paley for their dedication to the students and community and wishes them well in their future endeavors.

The three retirees took a few minutes to reflect on their careers and share what is next for them.

Dean Davis

Dean Davis

Occupation: Band Director. 

Years at Marion:  10½. 

Years in Education: 36.

Hometown: Ransomville, N.Y.

Family:  Wife, Erica; Sons, Steven, Trevor, Owen.

Where did you attend and graduate from college: Roberts Wesleyan College.

What did you like most about your job:  Going to Sherburne with my students and their parents.

What are your plans for retirement:  Continue my work as an adjunct professor at RIT.

Douglas Grab

Douglas Grab

Occupation: Technology Education Teacher. 

Years at Marion:  20 years.

Years in Education: 21 years.

Hometown: Fair Haven. 

Family: My wife and older daughter are elementary school teachers.  My younger daughter is attending Oswego to become a teacher. I also have a son who is a writer and an artist. 

Where did you attend and graduate from college: St. Cloud State University in Minnesota and SUNY Oswego. 

What did you like most about your job:  Assisting an engaged student while they are working on a technology project. 

What are your plans for retirement: Travel throughout the U.S. I’ve visited 45 of the 50 states and I want to see them all. I’m also going to do some home construction projects.

Denise Paley

Denise Paley

Occupation: Career and Technical Education/Family and Consumer Sciences and Reading Teacher.

Years at Marion:  20.

Years in Education: 20.

Hometown: Pennsauken, N.J.

Family: Husband, Rob; Son, Eric; Daughter-in-law, Jennifer; Grandchildren, Nicholas and Charlotte.

Where did you attend and graduate from college: Drexel University (Bachelor’s degree); SUNY Geneseo (masters).

What did you like most about your job:  Teaching life skills that students will embrace throughout their lives; guiding students to the career that will make them happy and successful; working with inspiring colleagues; having creativity in delivering the curriculum; being involved at the state level with the New York State Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Educators (NYSAFCSE).