NEWS: Miss Main Bids Farewell To Jonathan Law

(Photo courtesy Nisali Fernando)

By Arianna Goenaga – Staff Reporter

Jonathan Law will be saying goodbye to one of its most beloved art teachers this year.

Miss Main is retiring after 19 years at Law, but those ears were not all that her career in art entailed.

In a bizarre coincidence, Main’s teaching career started in the same room she teaches in currently. As a substitute teacher, Main sat in that room and dreamt how amazing it would be to teach art. Years later, her dreams became a reality.

As a young adult, she attended the University of Connecticut, Southern Connecticut State University, Wesleyan University (where she received her Masters degree), and then Vermont College (where she received her Masters of Fine Arts degree).

Before her career in the Milford school district, she began teaching at Saint Joseph’s in Trumbull. Then she moved on to Naugatuck High School, and then was an assistant professor for art and art history at the University of Bridgeport.

Main began teaching in Milford at Harborside Middle School in 1995. Two years later, she went to Foran for one year and then finally came to settle down at Jonathan Law.

Main has impacted the lives of so many students throughout her teaching career.

“She made me realize that I wanted to get back into art again,” senior Nicole Kopek said.

With her constant positive attitude and encouragement, Main has taught a lot of lessons rather than just art.

“Miss Main pushes us to do our best,” senior Rebecca Tighe said. “She believes in us when we don’t even believe in ourselves.”

Senior Brianna Marshall agreed.

“She is a great person; she brings out the inner artist in me,” Marshall said.

After retiring, Main plans to work on her own artwork, travel around the United States, and go to The National Gallery in London.

“I plan on eating some good pub food,” Main said.

Although her students will miss her, Main will miss them as well.

“I’m going to miss the energy of the students, my friendships with other teachers and staff members, and my big, beautiful art classroom,” Miss Main said. “Most of all I will miss my art department colleagues Mrs. Murphy and Mrs. Romanowski. We’ve worked as a team to grow a quality visual art program for this school.”

Although she will be miss her family at Jonathan Law, Main still has a lot of exciting opportunities ahead of her.

“Working at Jonathan Law has fulfilled my dream of living and working in my hometown,” Main said.

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