In thanks to the Ridgefield Public School Nurses

During National Nurses Week (May 6-12), nurses deserve our support, recognition and appreciation more than ever. I am writing to pay tribute to a special group of nurses who are the unsung heroes of Ridgefield, a special team that continually works behind the scenes to keep our community safe and healthy: The School Nurses of Ridgefield Public Schools, St. Mary School and Ridgefield Academy.

Since day one of the pandemic, our school nurses have gone above and beyond the expectations of teachers, staff, families and children in our community. They returned to school with eagerness and courage during the pandemic and adopted new protocols to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in our school buildings. They donned protective gear, such as N95 masks, gowns, and face shields, and treated students and staff with symptoms of COVID-19 before they could be sent home – long before a vaccine was even available.

To date, our nurses have made nearly 3,000 phone calls, many in the evenings and on weekends, to advise, teach and reassure families affected by the pandemic.


Our nurses are highly qualified and experienced in intensive care, pediatrics, emergency and military services and other fields. They have chosen to bring their vast skills and experience to our schools, and their kindness and dedication to the children of our community sets them apart.

Much like other heroes, they don’t seek recognition for their work – they’re perfectly happy to do good deeds every day under the radar and out of public view. So, please join me in celebrating and thanking all of our Ridgefield School nurses:

Lynn Issac, registered nurse; Barlow Mountain Elementary School.

Andree Fitzgerald, registered nurse; Branchville Elementary School.

Chris Giacometti, registered nurse; Farmingville Elementary School.

Kimberly Collins, registered nurse; Ridgebury Primary School.

Lisa Martire, registered nurse; Scotland Primary School.

Judy Gallagher, registered nurse; Veterans Park Elementary School.

Lauren Hyvarinen, registered nurse; East Ridge Middle School.

Laura Kenny, registered nurse; Scotts Ridge High School.

Allison Houlihan, registered nurse; Ridgefield High School.

Rosalie DeSimone, registered nurse; Ridgefield High School.

Colleen Minchik, registered nurse; Ridgefield High School.

Linda Silvers, registered nurse; St. Mary’s School.

Laura Clark, registered nurse; Ridgefield Academy.

Tabitha Gargon, LPN; Special services.

Julie Costella, registered nurse; Substitute school nurse.

Sandra DeRaffele, registered nurse; Substitute school nurse.

Lisa Hayman, registered nurse; Substitute school nurse.

Caitlin Madhoun, registered nurse; Substitute school nurse.

Linda Miller, registered nurse; Ridgebury School Nurse, Supply Nurse.

Eileen Wilson, registered nurse; Substitute school nurse.

Robin Brown, RN; Substitute school nurse.

Aaron Crook, RN


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