Jeanne Koeper, , is retiring in October, bringing to an end a career in the West Islip School District that spanned more than 30 years.
Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Louis Zocchia, who himself is retiring this year, announced Koeper's retirement during Thursday's Board of Education meeting.
"If you think of the qualities of a great employee, you will wind up with a picture of Jeanne Koeper. We will miss [her] beyond belief," Board President Steve Gellar said Thursday.
Koeper started her career in the district in 1980, working part-time as a teacher's aide. She then spent a decade as secretary to the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, and in 1993, became assistant to the superintendent. She's held the position for the past 19 years, serving under five superintendents.
Koeper also took over the , following Nicole Schiano's resignation.
"She's been an extraordinary source of advice," said Superintendent Richard Simon of Koeper. "I think she has served the district wonderfully and I wish [her] good health and happiness."
Koeper raised two sons who attended West Islip schools.
In an interview with Patch last year, Koeper spoke about her favorite part of the job.
“I never know what the day is going to hold," she said. "There is a new twist every day, a myriad of things. I enjoy that.”