• Blessed is the word Mary Ellen Wagner uses to sum up her more than four decades as an educator in the Diocese of Rochester Catholic Schools. On July 31, Wagner retired from Webster’s St...

    <p>Mary Ellen Wagner, principal of St. Rita School in Webster, throws bags of chips to students from atop a West Webster Fire Department truck during the school&rsquo;s annual Blue-Gold Field Day June 22. (Courier photo by Jeff Witherow)  </p>

    Mary Ellen Wagner, principal of St. Rita School in Webster, throws bags of chips to students from atop a West Webster Fire Department truck during the school’s annual Blue-Gold Field Day June 22. (Courier photo by Jeff Witherow)

  • Up until 2015, Jean Yorio’s entire career in education — dating back to the mid-1980s — had been spent in public schools.

    <p>Jean Yorio visits with prekindergartners in her first year as principal of St. Mary Our Mother School in Horseheads Jan. 14, 2016. (Courier file photo)  </p>

    Jean Yorio visits with prekindergartners in her first year as principal of St. Mary Our Mother School in Horseheads Jan. 14, 2016. (Courier file photo)

  • Communication. Flexibility. Patience.

    <p>Fifth-grade students at St. Pius Tenth School in Chili complete work in their classroom Sept. 18.  </p>

    Fifth-grade students at St. Pius Tenth School in Chili complete work in their classroom Sept. 18. (Courier photo by Jeff Witherow)