2020 Slate

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Carol Noble

Carol Noble-President– I graduated from Southern Connecticut State University in 1956 with a B.S. in Physical Education and Elementary Education. I subsequently earned my M.S. in Reading, my 6th Year in Administration, and 7th Year in Advanced Studies. I taught in New Haven and Hartford for the first twelve years of my career in grades RR, I,II,IV. I then became a reading consultant for Grades I-XII in Hamden where I spent the next 25 years, retiring in 1992.

The following year, 1993, I was elected to Legislature Council, Hamden where I served until 2019. During my time on the Council as both its President (1999-2001) and the Majority Leader (2009-2011)

I have also served as President of the Shepard Hill Association, Hamden Woman’s Club (2013-2015), and Delta Kappa Gamma. I have been a member of the New Haven County of Retired Teachers Association since 1995. I have been a legislative representative for ARTC and I am currently serving as Vice-President.

Ed Messina

Ed Messina- Immediate Past President- Ed taught for 35 years in Hamden at Michael Whalen Jr. High and Church Street School at the elementary level. As an active teacher, he was the Building rep, Election Chair, served on several Negotiating teams and was treasurer for his Teacher Association.He’s been retired 18 years. He joined ARTC in 2006 and has since served as Treasurer, Vice President and President. 

His main hobby is a Bocce Club composed of 10-18 men who come to his house once a week for lunch and a Bocce game.His other hobby is collecting special cars. His favorite is a 1990 tan Lincoln Town car. It’s so comfortable that Ed says he won’t ever part with it. He intends to upholster the front seat this fall!

Carol Chase

Carol Chase- Vice President– My 38-year career teaching mathematics was all in West Hartford, grades 7-12.  I taught at Plant Junior HIgh, King Philip and Sedgwick Middle schools, and Conard High School.  During those years, I was a teacher, Team Leader, interim Department Supervisor and an interim Vice Principal.  My extra curricular work was as an advisor for Yearbook, Math Team and MathCounts, Student Council and Chess Club. 

From the very beginning, I was an active participant in my town’s education association, the WHEA, holding offices as Rep Council Vice Chair, Treasurer, Social Events Chair in addition to being my school’s representative to the Rep Council.  In 1998, I was selected West Hartford’s Teacher of the Year and was a runner-up for Connecticut’s Teacher of the Year.  In 2000, Sedgwick Middle School won the National Blue Ribbon School award for which I was the chair of the Blue Ribbon Committee. 

Now entering my eighth year of retirement, I am the current president of the WHREA, the retired educators association, a private math tutor, First Church of Christ in Wethersfield’s clerk, as well as a wife, mother, sister, daughter and best of all – a grandmother!    

Debbie DeRienz

Debbie Re Rienz- Treasurer– I am a retired classroom teacher from the Naugatuck school system. I taught for 37 years in the elementary and middle school grades. For the past 10 years I’ve been the president of the Naugatuck Retired Teachers, a member of ARTC and its numerous committees, and ARTC treasurer for the past 2 years of which I report on ARTC investments.

For the past 10 and a half years I’ve been working part time at Ann Taylor Loft in Southbury. I enjoy working with the women there, including my boss who is a former student of mine. The work keeps me busy, in fashionable clothes, and youthful.

I have two grandchildren living in Ohio with my daughter and her husband. Liza is 2 years 9 1/2 months with blonde hair and blue eyes; and Emmitt is 11 months with light brown hair and brown eyes. They are such a joy. I, also have a son, who lives outside of LA, CA, unmarried, handsome, and available (haha).

My interests include walking and reading psychological thrillers, detective stories, murder mysteries, and sometimes fantasy novels. I, also, enjoy dancing, but in this climate, my friend and I have only been dancing in my kitchen.

Barbara Kmezt

Barbara Kmetz serves as Secretary to ARTC. She is a member of the Greater Bridgeport Retired Teachers Association and is a former president of the organization. Dr. Kmetz retired from Trumbull where she taught physics and chemistry, served as Program Leader for Science and became Director of Curriculum. She served on the State Department of Education committee that developed science assessments for elementary, middle school and high school students.

Barbara and husband Dave are the parents of three children, grandparents of six and have one great-grandson – with another great-grandson due in November.

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