Union Memorial School
Lynn Mazza, Colchester’s Union Memorial Title I reading interventionist, is rocking and rolling at school and in her home community. “She has a positive outlook on life and has a patient and nonjudgmental approach to working with others,” said Carol McCleary, one of her colleagues. “I really enjoy finding ways to help others through a variety of fun-loving events and I get a kick out of taking on new challenges,” Mazza said. “Most recently, I served as Daisy Duck on the Jingle Bell Express, a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House in Burlington.”
“I became invested in volunteering with the Ronald McDonald House after meeting the executive director. It snowballed from there,” she said. “I asked the director if the organization needed help preparing meals for the guests and the answer was a resounding “yes.” “Since then, I have prepared meals and worked in the office once a month. And over the past year many of her school colleagues have come on board (no pun intended). “Once a month we purchase the food and prepare a meal for 25 people,” she said glowing with pride. “I also wait tables for the annual RMH Wait a Thon.
Mazza has worked as an educator for the several years. “I took some time to be at home and raise my children. I then returned first as a substitute teacher and subsequently obtained my reading licensure. During that process, I was diagnosed with breast cancer for which I was successfully treated, though the diagnosis forced me to take stock.”
“When our children left home, my husband and I wanted to make sure we had some activities in common other than children to sustain our relationship,” she said. “We tried tennis but that didn’t fly because I was more passionate about tennis than he was,” Mazza said. “Then we tried woodworking but my husband was already a proficient woodworker. Eventually we landed on beekeeping because neither of us had any previous knowledge about bees. We have a bee mentor and are giving it our best shot.”
Mazza shared pictures of herself doing goat yoga last summer. “It was hilarious even though one of the goats peed on my yoga mat,” she said. “I participate in Jazzercise three or four times a week and I walk several miles with a friend. I am also very involved with our local parish, the Lady of Grace Catholic Church. I am member of the pastoral council, serve as an assistant for the Eucharist and the liturgy and I oversee the organization of the annual church picnic.”