Jim Henneberg

Jim Henneberg

Teachers who inspired me made me decide by my early teens that the career path for me was education, a decision I have never regretted.  Hamburg’s commitments to education excellence have made me proud to be a member of this great community for sixty years.

To my three generations of “great kids”, thank you for the opportunity to live my dream.

William Brand

William Brand

Bill Brand always wanted to be a teacher. He was born in Buffalo, New York and attended high school there.  After graduating, he went to the State University of New York at Brockport. While there, he played football and swam on the college team. He graduated with a degree in Health and Physical Education.

After his graduation, he went into the army for two years and when he got out, he got a job teaching junior high science in Buffalo for half of a year. Bill then landed his dream job teaching health and physical education at Hamburg High School. In addition to teaching, he coached golf, JV football, and swimming. While doing all those things, he pursued his Master’s degree in administration at the University of Buffalo. Later in his career, he became Director of Health and Physical Education, where one of his most exciting duties was to open lockers at night when there were bomb threats. Bill was also the Assistant Principal of the high school and Director of Special Education.

After a successful and rewarding career, Bill retired from the district. Subsequently, he worked at BOCES certifying coaches and was President of the School Board for Hamburg Central School District. His wife, Lillian, Director of Pre-K at Hamburg, said it was the only time Bill got to be her boss! One of his proudest moments was watching all four of his children receive their diplomas from Hamburg High School. Bill is proud to be inducted in the Hamburg Alumni Wall of Fame, joining his wife Lillian, and celebrating their love and dedication to Hamburg Central Schools.

Mrs. Evelyn Morgan, Distinguished Educator

Mrs. Evelyn Morgan, Distinguished Educator

Mrs. Morgan started at Hamburg High in the 1958-59 school year. When she started in ’58, science was just coming to the forefront of education with the launch of the Russian Sputnik Satellite the year previous. Up until her arrival, science curriculum sequence at HHS was for the 4-year college-bound science majors.  Morgan introduced Micro Biology, which became a very popular course. Micro Biology offered a much wider scope of preparation for higher education after HHS.

Mrs. Morgan also developed the Microbiology course and wrote both the textbook used and lab workbook.  These were purchased by the students, but in draft form / unpublished.   It was a lab intensive course, much more than biology ever was. The course drew in a lot of female students when the sciences normally would have been reserved for those going into engineering or sciences in college. Morgan opened up the vision of professional possibilities beyond HHS for a many more females.

She also took charge of the Science Club. Given her likeability with students, membership in the club grew under her leadership.  She was a teacher who made a difference.  She was special and worthy of recognition.

Mrs. Morgan came from a family of science and medical achievers (9 siblings).  Her one brother founded the Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.  He was a renowned Cancer researcher who is credited with pioneering chemotherapy treatment.

Morgan distinguished herself from the traditional teacher.  She made new inroads and incentivized her students to greater achievement.  She made friends with every one of her students and made them feel special.  She retired in 1971 and passed away in March 2002.  The Class of 1971 chose her to acknowledge in their ECHOES Yearbook dedication.  A very heart felt dedication.

Mrs. Erma Meisenheimer, Distinguished Educator

Mrs. Erma Meisenheimer, Distinguished Educator

“Momma Meis” lived to age 95.  She passed Nov 1, 2004.  She retired from HHS in 1972.  She started as Miss Birdsey 1937.   She was a tall stature, striking woman with white hair and strong directive voice.  She was front and center of many activities.  She was the Senior High English teacher and much more to all of us.

The yearbook was her leadership.  The theatrical performances were at her helm, as was the Make Up Club and National Honor Society.  Social activities such as dances all were with her involvement. She was the one to have influence on us in our last steps of transitioning to adult hood.

She was active in the community and professional organizations, long into her retirement years.  She had those qualities as a teacher that could inspire, stick with you, and help unlock your potential.

She was active in:

  1. AARP – National Chairwomen of committee looking to protect the rights of elderly
    • Traveled to Washington DC to lobby lawmakers
  2. Business and Professional Women’s Club – Named Woman of the Year
  3. NYSERTA – NY State Retired Teachers Association (35,000 member Organization)
  4. Served as President (1st Woman) 1985-1988
  5. In 1995 received highest award of “1995 Certificate of Recognition Award”
  6. Inducted into the Delta Kappa Gamma, International Society for Women Educators
  7. World Who’s Who of Women 10th edition: listed in / awarded certificate of merit
  8. Chairman of 14 member NY State Legislative Committee
  9. In later days of career, spearheaded program to provide remedial reading improvements to Hamburg 2nd and 3rd graders
  10. Hamburg Garden Club, Hamburg Women’s Club, and Hamburg Antiques Society
  11. Active member and leader
  12. Presenter of Programs for Organization Mtgs across the country

 

Dick Kosha, Distinguished Educator

Dick Kosha, Distinguished Educator

Everyone loved Mr. Kosha.  He was the cool 5th grade teacher at Pleasant Avenue School.  He also made learning fun.  You got to play seat ball in Mr. Kosha’s classroom AND he rode a motorcycle.   No doubt many a 4th grader secretly hoped to have Kosha’s name written on their report card as their teacher assignment for the following year.  He treated the kids with respect, made them laugh, and always had a story to tell.

Dick Kosha was born in Lackawanna, New York in 1948 and grew up in Blasdell.  “I attribute my interest in teaching to my freshman year at Northern Michigan University,” said Kosha.  Upon graduation in 1970, Dick was hired to teach 5th grade at Union Pleasant Elementary School. With a teaching career that spanned 37 years, Kosha was surrounded by a wonderful and dedicated staff at the Union Pleasant School.  “I was proud to have been on a faculty with so many talented, supportive, and creative educators,” recalled Kosha.

For the first 18 years of his teaching career, Kosha also served the community he grew up in as a Village of Blasdell Police Officer.  “We were lucky to have so much energy when we were young,” said Kosha.

Retired from both careers with his lovely wife Pam, Dick enjoys traveling and spending time with their son Jason, Jason’s wife Lauren, and their 2 grandsons Michael and Harry, who live in Merrick, New York.  “They have enriched our lives,” said Kosha.  He also continues to be an avid hunter and loyal Bills fan.

“I am very grateful for the many years I taught and fortunate to have been a part of a wonderful institution in Hamburg and a proud member of a superb faculty,” recalled Kosha.  “I am blessed to have had a great career in education.  In 37 years of teaching, I feel like I not only touched a lot of lives, but those lives and experiences will forever be held close to my heart.  Thank you Hamburg Central.”