Students and staff sent off Laura Zamrok to her retirement with a rousing cheer

Students and staff sent off Laura Zamrok to her retirement with a rousing cheer

A storied 24-year career in education was loudly applauded on December 22 at the Eisenhower Intermediate School.

The final day of classes before winter break in the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District also signaled the final day of the tenure of Laura Zamrok.

To pay her honor on that Friday, the students and staff assembled throughout the Eisenhower hallways before the close of classes to stage an enthusiastic clap out before Ms. Zamrok  retired officially that day.

She finished her career over the past year and a half as the Assistant Principal at Eisenhower, where she worked after she had served in the same role at Bridgewater-Raritan High School.

Ms. Zamrok had served as an administrator in the school district from all grades, Pre-K through 12th. Along with her positions at Eisenhower and the high school, she also worked at Hillside Intermediate School and the Adamsville, Crim and Hamilton Primary Schools.

‘’After more than 24 years, I am happy to be able to work in so many schools in the district,’’ Ms. Zamrok said. ‘’It has been my pleasure to work with all of the students and staff. I have been blessed to have Bridgewater-Raritan be my home so long.’’
Dr. Laura Bassett, who became the Principal at Eisenhower in February of 2023, when she replaced the retired Joe Diskin, had previously known Ms. Zamrok.

“”I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with Laura for many years, and am especially proud of what we accomplished together at Eisenhower over the last year,’’ said Dr. Bassett, who had served as the school district’s Supervisor of Arts Education since 2017 before she became the Eisenhower Principal.

Dr. Bassett lauded the career of Ms. Zamrok, whose final week at Eisenhower was quite eventful. 

She danced with Dr. Bassett, the staff of the Physical Education department and the student body at the annual Snowman Shuffle In the school’s gym on Thursday, December 21.

“”Laura had an incredible career in the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District and has impacted the lives of countless students, teachers and families. I wish her all the best in her retirement and future endeavors,” Dr.. Bassett stated.

Her replacement has followed a similar route. 

Brian Smith, who had been an Assistant Principal at Bridgewater-Raritan High School, has replaced Ms Zamrok as Assistant Principal at Eisenhower.

Before she left the doors at Eisenhower for a final time, she shared a passionate message with the entire school staff.
“I  told the staff that I "see" all the things they do in addition to being wonderful teachers...I see them taking care of their children, parents and dogs. .I see them working through hard times and that Eisenhower is a family.  I told them to find "pockets" of time for themselves to be the best person they can be.’’
“I thanked them for all of the amazing words of kindness and praise. I told them that I would be spending more time with my family and enjoying my boys, Christian and Nicholas, and watching their baseball and basketball games. ‘’

She will begin her new career on January 10 when she will work as an educational consultant and field supervisor for student teachers

“I loved my time at Bridgewater-Raritan and look forward to more family time as well as a consultant,’’ Ms. Zamrok concluded.