Chem Teacher Deb Corriveau Decides to Retire


Cassi Garrison, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

After 19 years of working at Notre Dame Academy, science teacher Mrs. Deborah Corriveau has decided to retire from teaching. 

She shared that, as her husband retired last January, they decided that they could make it work from a financial standpoint if she retired too.

Corriveau acknowledged that she will miss sharing her love of science with her students, as well as the connections she has made with alumni and her colleagues. 

“I will miss the privilege of explaining my favorite topic, chemistry, to students who also love science,” she said. “My favorite memories usually involve communicating with NDA alumni  who have successfully navigated college chemistry. Sometimes, they give me a little credit for their success. That is a very rewarding thing for me to hear.”

Corriveau shared she will also miss talking with her fellow teachers, whom she called “a very positive, dedicated group of people.”

After retiring from NDA, she plans to embrace her love of travel and experiencing other cultures.

“I  love to travel, see new places and learn about other cultures,” said Corriveau. “I have a 10-day walking tour of Iceland planned for June 2023. I’m excited to see Iceland’s unique geological features and landscape.”

Part of the tour will allow her to see a rift where two major tectonic plates come together, which is very exciting for Corriveau.

“It’s a science teacher’s dream vacation,” she said.

The message Corriveau would like to share with the NDA community is to find a career that you love and are passionate about.

“Life is too short to spend on doing work that doesn’t make a difference in the world .I like to believe that I have played a part in influencing the future by inspiring young men and women to pursue careers in the STEM fields” she said. “Be kind to each other and don’t take each other for granted. NDA is a special place.”