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Happy retirement Dave Kellish – thank you for your positivity and dedication

After 30 years and five months teaching at Circleville Middle School, technology/STEAM teacher Dave Kellish is retiring.

Mr. Kellish’s last day at CVMS is Friday, Jan. 27 before he embarks on his well-earned retirement.

A man wearing a gray shirt with his long hair pulled back in a pony tail and a large handlebar mustache holds a big sheet cake. The cake is white with blue edging and writing.The cake says Good Luck in Retirement Love your CVMS Family.


“Mr. Kellish is known for his positivity as well as his mustache,” said Lisa Hankinson, CVMS principal. “He will keep his positivity but his mustache may be disappearing after he retires!”

Fellow colleague and science teacher RJ Gabriel said it best: “It’s always a sunny day with Mr. Kellish around. He has served as an unofficial mentor to so many of us. We will miss him.”

As a STEAM teacher, Mr. Kellish has remained a lifelong learner, lending his skills and expertise to countless students and staffers throughout the years. As CVMS embraced STEAM-based learning experiences for our students, both Mr. Kellish and STEAM teacher Julie Facciolla worked tirelessly to design and implement a new curriculum. Mr. Kellish and Ms. Facciolla embraced this paradigm shift in their teaching and learning for our students in an effort to increase motivation for our students to continue to take STEAM-based courses at PBHS. Their dedication has proved immeasurable for students.

Mr. Kellish and Ms. Facciolla collaborate with our district STEAM Coordinator Kenny Marshall, as well as PBHS tech teacher Pat Reiser. It is always a team effort to provide a robust program for our students from middle school to high school.

“We will miss Mr. Kellish for all of the dedication, support, love, and fun he brought to CVMS,” Mrs. Hankinson added. “We wish Mr. Kellish a retirement filled with only those experiences that bring him joy.”

Pine Bush Central School District
State Route 302, Pine Bush, NY 12566
Phone: (845) 744-2031
Fax: (845) 744-6189
Brian Dunn
Superintendent of Schools
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