Wednesday, 24 June 2009 11:33
In the dictionary next to the word “tireless” there could very well be a photo of Mira Martincich, Roslyn’s athletic director who is retiring at the end of June after 32 years in the school district. No matter the season, the weather or the time of day or night, Dr. M was quite literally always there. For a generation of students, teachers, coaches and parents, she has been the face and spirit of Roslyn athletics.
Dr. M joined the faculty of the Roslyn Public Schools as a physical education teacher in 1977. In 1982 she began teaching science, and in 1987 became assistant principal at the Roslyn Middle School. Two years later she was appointed as Director of Physical Education K-12, Interscholastic Athletics and Recreation. During her more than three decades of service she has also been a coach, club advisor, administrative mentor and curriculum writer. For one year in the 1990s, she was interim assistant principal at Roslyn High School while continuing all of her duties as athletic director – a feat that few others would have even attempted, but which Dr. M pulled off with her characteristic determination and attention to detail.
She has been an advisor and mentor to countless students and colleagues through the years, and a devoted friend to many. What she may be remembered for most of all is her integrity: her commitment to equal opportunity for all students, her adherence to principle regardless of the circumstances, and her unwavering belief in the power of sports to change students’ lives for the better. Through her example and influence, Dr. M’s Bulldog spirit will live on in Roslyn.