‘An Inspiration To Generations’: South School Principal Joanne Rocco To Retire After 40 Years in Education
Most educators can’t say they’ve had a colleague fall off the roof of their school wearing a chicken costume. For Joanne Rocco, though, this was just another day on the job. Rocco, who began her 27-year career in New Canaan Public Schools as a science teacher at South School, had borrowed a chicken costume from a parent to use in her “Egg Drop,” a science lesson where she dropped eggs from various levels of structures, including the roof of the school. When she was called away to go on a site visit with the superintendent, another teacher volunteered to take her place. Rocco returned to the school around 5 p.m. to be told that the teacher had fallen off the roof during the Egg Drop and was brought to the emergency room, all while wearing the costume.