Westfield Teachers Recognized for Excellence, District's Performance Reviews Announced, at Board of Ed Meeting

Rosanne Kurstedt (left) and James Hart (right) Credits: Alexandria Addesso
Peter Renwick (left) and Bob Brewster (right) Credits: Alexandria Addesso

WESTFIELD, NJ - Four Westfield teachers and one guidance counselor were recognized for their outstanding work with students at the Board of Education meeting on June 10.

High school science teacher Bob Brewster and high school industrial arts teacher James Hart were both recognized and awarded official resolutions by the board. High school Spanish teacher Rose Calimano, who was not present,  was also recognized for receiving the PTSO Outstanding Teacher award.

WHS Principal Peter Renwick came to the podium to congratulate his teachers as well as speak about them.

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“There was never a doubt that what comes first is the students,” said Renwick.

At the intermediate level, Roosevelt math teacher Colleen Raparelli, who taught there for the last decade, was awarded the Optimist Club of Westfield Recognition of Intermediate School Outstanding Teachers of the Year.

“I am beyond flattered and humbled for this recognition,” said Raparelli. “My students are my kids and I become invested in changing their lives.”

Edison Intermediate School guidance counselor Kerri Webster was also recognized for receiving the same award. Webster has worked in the Westfield School District for 20 years, initially as a language arts teacher and then as a guidance counselor for the last nine years.

“Kerri Webster is our compass, she always points us in the right direction,” said Edison Principal Matt Bolton.

Also at the meeting, the reviews from New Jersey’s system for monitoring public schools, NJ QSAC, were presented for the district. The district’s performance was reviewed in five areas on a 100 percentile scale. In instruction and programs, the district was rated at 93 percent and in fiscal management 98 percent. In governance, operations and personnel, the district was rated at 100 percent. Any district above 80 percent in all areas is considered a high performance district.

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