After teaching at Columbus for more than 30 years, Mrs. Pardo decided that this would be her last. Over the years she has developed close relationships with many students, administrators, and faculty.
Mrs. Pardo has a special relationship with not only Columbus staff but Columbus with itself. Not only did she teach here for 30 years but both her sons are Columbus Alumni. “They are very proud of the fact that they went to Columbus as am I,” said Mrs. Pardo. “Columbus has become a 2nd home for me.”
While most would be excited about the idea of retiring and no longer working, Mrs. Pardo has mixed feelings. “At first I thought I was gung-ho for retirement but now I’m not so sure…It will be a tough transition.” When asked about her plans she said, “I don’t know yet. I hope to spend time at home with my husband and with my family.”
Mrs. Pardo developed many close relationships with other teachers especially Mrs. Hidalgo. “Through school activities and events she [Mrs. Pardo] has become like a mom to me,” said Mrs. Hidalgo. “I don’t know what I’m going to do without her she has always been at arm’s length.”
Despite teaching at Columbus for 30 years, many people might not know who Mrs. Pardo is. “She does good quietly much like Marcellin Champagnat,” said Mrs. Hidalgo, “her biggest affect on Columbus will be through the alumni who had her as a teacher.”
While at Columbus, Mrs. Pardo taught many of the business and finance classes as well as the freshman keyboarding class. “I think everyone should take a personal finance class to be better prepared for the future,” commented Mrs. Pardo. However, it’s not her favorite class; “My favorite, favorite would have to be accounting.”
Mrs. Pardo will definitely missed here. As the self-proclaimed “Wicked Witch of Westchester’s” last school year draws to a close, Mrs. Pardo has one final message for Columbus, “Thank you to the students, thank you to the faculty. Thank you for being such a big part of my life.”