Three teachers and one custodian have been honored by the Westfield High School community with awards of excellence. Principal Derrick Nelson announced the award winners on May 10, who were nominated by students, staff and parents at the school.
“As many of you know, Westfield High School is an impressive school community with a rich tradition of excellence. Much of this success is due to the talents and dedicated efforts of our teachers and staff,” said Dr. Nelson, adding that students should “take time now and then to recognize and truly appreciate the gifts that these adults give you as they help you grow intellectually and personally.”
English/journalism teacher Warren Hynes is the recipient of the Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award, established to annually recognize a teacher who, through both excellence in teaching and a demonstrated commitment to intellectual pursuits beyond the classroom, serves as a model and inspiration to the high school community. Those who nominated Mr. Hynes point to his willingness to ‘go above and beyond to care for and provide assistance to all students who meet him” and for helping to expand the minds of his students as writers “to help us write about topics we believe in.”
The Above and Beyond Award recognizes a teacher or counselor who has made a difference in the life of a struggling child either socially, emotionally or academically, This year’s recipient is mathematics teacher Anthony Meyers who is lauded not only for his energy and effective teaching strategies in the classroom but for his empathy and kindness. “I feel comfortable, cared for, and accepted around him and I can’t thank him enough,” says one nominating letter.
Social studies teacher Brett Curtis received the Parent-Teacher-Student Organization (PTSO) Teacher of the Year Award which annually recognizes a teacher who is encouraging and motivating, is a good role model, and shows respects for co-workers, students and parents. Mr. Curtis is described by those who nominated him as passionate about history and teaching, an inspired and inspiring educator who “motivates you to be the best student you can possibly be.”
For her “hard work” and “loving presence,” custodian Marina Rogel was honored with the Robert and Linda Foose Memorial Award, named for a former principal and teacher. Ms. Rogel “always goes out of her way in the cafeteria to talk to us and get to know us,” says a group of student. “She goes above and beyond all of her responsibilities.”
The awardees will be honored by the Westfield Board of Education at a public meeting on Tuesday, June 12 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 105 at 302 Elm Street.