Coral Venturino, fourth grade teacher at Wilson Elementary School in Westfield, is the 2014 recipient of the Westfield Rotary Club’s Philhower Fellowship in recognition of outstanding teaching at the elementary school level.

She will receive the award on May 6 as the guest of honor at the Rotary Club luncheon.  That evening, she will be presented with a resolution from the Board of Education at a reception at Wilson School’s auditorium, 301 Linden Avenue, at 7:00 p.m. prior to the Board of Education meeting.

Mrs. Venturino joined the Westfield Public Schools in 1990, and has taught at both Wilson and Washington Elementary Schools.  Her students have included kindergarteners, second and fourth graders, and those in Resource Room and the District’s Primary Enrichment Program.

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A graduate of Marietta College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary/Special Education and Psychology, Mrs. Venturino earned a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership at the College of Saint Elizabeth.  She is certified in New Jersey as an Elementary School Teacher (K-8), Teacher of the Handicapped (K-12), Supervisor, and also has earned a Principal Certificate of Eligibility.

In nominations received on her behalf, Mrs. Venturino was noted for “her high standards for the children in her class ... and appears to make every child feel special.”

“We can honestly say that she has helped change the course of a little girl’s life,” added another parent. “Mrs. Venturino really cares about each student.  She is an outstanding, supportive teacher that understands that not all

One of her students stated, “All of her students love her like family.”

Mrs. Venturino was cited for “not only teaching our children Math, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts, but she is also teaching them the equally important character building lessons that they need in order to become well rounded, empathetic citizens.”

Upon receiving notification of the Philhower Fellowship, Mrs. Venturino stated, “Being nominated for the Charles Philhower Fellowship Award is tribute enough, but to be accepted and chosen to represent a district filled with such talent is extremely humbling. I am most grateful to the Westfield Rotary, my colleagues throughout the district and the Wilson School parent community for their collective recognition and support. What an extraordinary honor."

Superintendent of Schools Margaret Dolan congratulated Coral Venturino for becoming the 22nd recipient of the Philhower Fellowship.  She also thanked the Rotary for “its recognition of this meaningful profession”.

The Philhower Fellowship was established in 1993 by the Rotary Club to honor former Westfield Educator and Rotarian Charles Philhower and to recognize the importance of teaching in the elementary grades.