“I was absolutely surprised, I had no idea,” said Torma, who was in her office when a student told her that she needed to respond to an emergency. When she arrived, she saw the emergency was really a tribute to her career. “As I looked in the eyes of each of the children I just felt a connection with them. I loved it all.”
A student-led presentation paid recognition to Torma’s 33 years of dedication and passion that has contributed not only to students, but to the overall Maspeth community.
Paulina Metel, a St. Stan’s eighth grader, said the students wanted to be sure that Torma understands the long-lasting impact of her years of hard work.
“You made sure that along with working hard, we had all the opportunities to enjoy ourselves along the way,” Metel said. “You have earned it and deserve a chance to rest, relax and sleep in. We hope you enjoy a long, happy, healthy retirement.”
Reflecting on her 33 years of service as principal, Torma said that her greatest challenge was working with the rapidly changing technology.
“We try to keep making progress,” she said. “Keeping up with technology and keeping up with the latest programs so that we can offer the children the best we have.”
Teacher Joan Forgione compared Torma to a general in battle, a cheerleader, 7-Eleven and the sun. Like Forgione’s list, Torma is a dependable constant in the lives of teachers, students and parents.
“Thank you for being you for 33 years,” Forgione said. “You are filled with the spirit and have so much to share with the world.”
Maria Marrocco, a fourth grade teacher and head of the school’s musical group, The St. Stan’s Players, has seen the affects of Torma's devotion.
“Sister Rose gave us every opportunity possible to show our students’ strengths through after school clubs, through the St. Stan’s Players, through any activities that student leadership may provide through music and art,” Marrocco said.
Watching the party that was thrown in celebration of her legacy, Torma said that her proudest accomplishment as principal of St. Stan’s School was seeing her students turn into “gentle, caring, accepting Christian young men and women.”
“We have always made a place for the Christian development of their faith and we have done that in many ways through our worship, prayer and service,” Torma said. “The children know that the love in their hearts has to be shared.”