After nearly half-a-century of service a Crotched Mountain legend calls it a career.
When Jim Piet was a student at Crotched Mountain School, he had a science teacher who sprung a pop quiz on the class. Jim wasn’t in a great mood that day and he tore up the quiz.
The teacher promptly told him to come back after school. Later that day, Jim vented to his teacher, sharing his frustration over what he felt was a lack of support and how the pop quiz was a raw deal. His teacher listened patiently. After Jim finished, the teacher regarded him.
“You know, you’re right,” Mike Terrian said. “You aren’t supported. So the two of us are going to sit here right now and do this quiz together.”
Today, Jim is Crotched Mountain Board Member and Mike is a Vice President–but, at the time of this writing, for only a few more days. Because after 46 years, Mike is bidding farewell to pretty much the only workplace he ever knew.
There wasn’t a corner of the school or the hospital or the wood chip burning plant or the you-name-the-structure that he didn’t have an intimate, working knowledge of.
Mike Terrian began his Crotched Mountain career as a teaching assistant, then moved up to be a teacher of deaf and hard of hearing students. As the years ticked by, Mike rose through the ranks, becoming a Vice President, serving at the side of multiple Crotched Mountain presidents.
His omnipresence earned him the nickname “The Mayor of Crotched Mountain;” there wasn’t a corner of the school or the hospital or the wood chip burning plant or the you-name-the-structure that he didn’t have an intimate, working knowledge of.
As a way to honor everything he did for Crotched Mountain, the campus road “Fox Meadow Lane,” where most of the student and adult residences are located (nearly all of which were built on Mike’s watch), was given a new name: “Terrian Way.”
The Mayor’s legacy lives on.