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Vincent Garramone retires, leaves lasting impact

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Liam Wells
Garramone leaves a lasting impact on the DGS community through his commitment to the Mustang Way.

There is a clatter of weights as P.E. leaders walk down the rows of bulky strength training equipment. They carefully observe their fellow classmates’ workout form before residing on bench presses and donning barbells. The clock strikes 12:31 p.m., and the P.E. leaders are instructed to supply their classmates with medicine balls and start a group core exercise.

It’s fifth period, and the teacher in charge of the weight room operation is Vincent Garramone, who is soon retiring.

Senior Anthony Addante characterizes Garramone as someone who is extremely attentive.

“It’s kind of surprising because most gym teachers in the weight room kind of ignore students, but Garramone goes out of his way to help kids even when it’s not his responsibility,” Addante said.

Garramone has taught at DGS for over 30 years, teaching health and fitness. Nonetheless, Garramone will be retiring at the end of this year, and he leaves behind a legacy for teachers and students alike to follow. Garramone is a true role model for DGS because of his commitment to the Mustang Way every day.

Sophomore Jenna Malon commented on Garramone’s influence on his students.

“The best part about Mr. G is that when he is respectful, responsible and engaged it makes people around him act the same way because the way he acts is contagious,” Malon said.

P.E. Department Chair Scott Lange elaborated on the model Garramone sets.

“He’s always worried about other people, he doesn’t like being in the spotlight, he doesn’t teach for accolades, and he’s not looking for a pat on the back; he just wants to help kids in any way he can,” Lange said.

Principal Arwen Lyp continues Lange’s sentiments.

“Honestly, I love that he makes a life-long impact on his students. I was able to read an email that was sent to him by a former student about how much Mr. Garramone impacted her life; I think at DGS we have our ‘You Belong Here’ motto, and I think that he brings that motto into his classroom everyday to life,” Lyp said.

Garramone shared what his experience at DGS has taught him and what advice he would like to give to the students and staff.

“Teaching at South has deepened my knowledge of people, it has taught me humility and empathy, it has taught me the power of words… and it has definitely changed my life: working here made me a better person because of students and staff. I think you should make a difference at work, and the work should make a difference in you. It should be reciprocal,” Garramone said.

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