Honoring retiring CSG faculty/staff
Sarah Sole

Maintenance Manager, Joe McLain; Upper School history teacher, Frank O’Grady; and Upper School math teacher, Leah Weintraub will retire at the end of this school year.

CSG is honoring our 2022 retirees in a letter from Head of School, Jennifer Ciccarelli, below. Details are forthcoming about an end-of-year celebration of their service.

Dear CSG Community, 

As the school year draws to a close, I write to announce the retirement of three long-time CSG faculty and staff members. Maintenance Manager, Joe McLain; Upper School history teacher, Frank O’Grady; and Upper School math teacher, Leah Weintraub will retire at the end of this school year. 

All three have dedicated an impressive amount of time to CSG; collectively, they have served CSG for nearly 80 years! Leah, Joe, and Frank are treasured members of the CSG community, and I am so grateful for their years of service. Their dedication to our mission and our students has been clear in all they do, whether they were teaching, coaching, or ensuring our school campus was in good working order. You can read more about each of their impressive careers below. A date to honor Frank, Joe, and Leah will be forthcoming. Please join me in wishing them well in their next chapter. 

Sincerely, 

Jennifer

Joe McLain
For 30 years, Joe has worked tirelessly to ensure that CSG’s physical spaces meet the needs of students, faculty, and staff. As Maintenance Manager since 1993, Joe has worked quietly in the background, always putting the needs of students first, whether dealing with a water leak or a large-scale project. Known for being calm under pressure, he has diligently worked through challenges and has always been willing to help fellow CSG colleagues. Possessing a quiet nature, conversation with Joe reveals his sense of humor. During his time at CSG, Joe has enjoyed the daily challenges associated with his job. Doing something different each day made work exciting, he said. His proudest accomplishments are the installation of the tennis courts and track at Kirk Campus. Joe managed the entire project, and it was the first time he had undertaken anything of that scale. Once his time at CSG comes to an end, Joe plans to spend lots of time with his grandchildren, to stay busy, and to work part-time somewhere.

 

 

Frank O’Grady
Known affectionately as “coach,” Frank has been a fixture at CSG since he started in August of 1988. During his 34-year tenure, he touched the lives of students in multiple ways. In addition to guiding student learning in the classroom, Frank coached the Mock Trial team for five years. He also served as advisor to the Muslim Club for three years and as student council advisor for 20 years. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Frank also served as a student break monitor for 30 years!  Known as much for his leadership in athletics as in academics, from 1990 to 1995 Frank served as head basketball coach, and he worked the high jump at track meets for 20 years. During his time at CSG, Frank loved teaching history, current events, and politics—and wisecracking with students and fellow teachers. He greatly enjoyed being part of a fabulous teaching staff. His next adventure? “Just riding off into the sunset.” 

 

 

 

Leah Weintraub
Leah began her math teaching career in 1987 and arrived at CSG in 2005. As a teacher, Leah has had a lasting impression on countless students, inspiring them to take advantage of the many avenues that a solid foundation in mathematics opened up for them. Leah also worked with students outside the classroom, as advisor to the Upper School Jewish Cultural Club and to the Honor Council. Her leadership at CSG has been felt not only in her teaching and advisory roles, but also in her role as Chair of the mathematics department. Throughout her time at CSG, Leah has enjoyed observing her students develop into engaged, thoughtful, and confident young adults. She has also loved working closely with fellow Upper School faculty members, whom she characterizes as intelligent, caring, creative, and dedicated. As she leaves CSG, Leah will continue to use her talents to serve others. She plans to volunteer with several organizations. Leah will also focus heavily on family, as she and her husband plan to move to be closer to their children. When she isn’t volunteering and spending time with loved ones, Leah plans to dedicate her time to attacking a lengthy reading list.