Susan Ferullo was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts on September 8. Her father was in the Air Force, so she spent much of her life moving from place to place. She lived in England for 3 years, then she moved to Maine. After living in Maine for awhile, she moved to Massachusetts. The last move she made with her family was to Connecticut when she was 10. Susan resided there until she married in 1971.
Mrs. Ferullo graduated from high school in 1968. Her favorite subject was shorthand. Mrs. Ferullo says that it is because she "thought it was neat how little characters could stand for words." She was unable to attend college because of financial reasons. Instead, she took courses at a School of Business in New London, CT. Susan's main focus at the time, however, was getting married and starting a family. Mrs. Ferullo is married to a wonderful husband and is the mother of 3 children. Her husband, David, whom she has been married to for 39 years, is a CPA. Her oldest child Tammy (age 35) is a 5th grade reading/language arts teacher in Shrewsbury Boro School. Brian (age 31) is a pharmacist working for Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. Mrs. Ferullo's youngest daughter, Tracy, (age 27) has her masters in accounting and is working for a CPA firm in Connecticut while studying for her CPA exam. The Ferullo family also has a Alpso dog named Casey. Mrs. Ferullo also has two grandsons, Tyler (age 5) and Dylan (age 2). They are the "sunshine of her life."
Mrs. Ferullo is currently a secretary at High Technology High School in Lincroft, NJ. A typical day is quite hectic for this secretary. At lunch, she must make sure the proper amount of money is present and she must order the lunch. Mrs. Ferullo must answer the phone and answer questions any parents might have. In addition, she helps Mr. Simon (the principal) whenever help is needed. Susan says her main responsibility is working with Guidance. She has to do transcript work for guidance, which can become quite nervewracking as Mrs. Ferullo is a perfectionist. In addition to doing transcript work, Mrs. Ferullo is in charge of mailing progress reports and report cards to the students. While being a secretary can get stressful, it can also be quite enjoyable. Mrs. Ferullo enjoys interacting with the students because they often make her laugh. She has worked at 3 different schools, but High Tech is her favorite. Mrs. Ferullo says "teachers and students are a community...and we all try to work together. We may have differences, but we respect each others' differences, and that is what counts." Susan has been serving at High Tech for 15 years.
In her spare time, Susan likes to sew and crochet. A favorite thing to sew each year is her grandsons' halloween costumes. Susan uses her sewing talent to make patchwork quilts for the "Linus Foundation." The "Linus Foundation" is a volunteer organization in which volunteers make blankets for sick children, displaced children, needy children and hospitals. These blankets give these children something of their own to hold on to when they are going through hard times. The volunteers in the organization also crochet hats for preemies in the hospitals, and that is what Susan uses her crocheting skills for. The preemies are always in need of little hats to keep their heads warm. She is very thankful to have been given talents she can use to help others.
Many people expect the mention of a certificate or award of any sort when told of a life accomplishment, but this is not the case with Mrs. Ferullo. Her life accomplishment is her family.