Mrs. Leila Morrelli was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She received her undergraduate and master’s degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from CUNY Brooklyn College. Mrs. Morrelli holds her Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech and Hearing Association.
She and her husband moved to Westfield in 2006 after the birth of their first child. They wanted a town with an excellent school system and a warmhearted welcoming community. In both ways, Westfield has exceeded their expectations.
The Morrellis now have three children. This fall, their eldest daughter, age 14, is entering Westfield High School while their younger daughter and son, 11 year old twins, are starting Edison Intermediate School. Currently, Mrs. Morrelli is employed by the Mountainside School District as a Speech-Language Pathologist working with preschool through middle school age children.
As a parent and in her professional life, Mrs. Morrelli is a strong advocate for children’s individual needs. Having proudly worked in the education field for over 16 years, she is uniquely well-suited to approach a Board of Education position from the perspective of both a parent and an educator.
In the position, Mrs. Morrelli will bring her wealth of experience as an educational specialist who has worked well with all stakeholders: parents; teachers/staff; administration; board of education members and the New Jersey Education Association.
Mrs. Morrelli was recently a liaison on Mountainside’s contract negotiating team assisting the district and the local union to reach a mutually satisfactory settlement. She is a member of the Mountainside Child Study Team as a Speech-Language Pathologist. She uses her knowledge of childhood development to help identify students’ strengths and weaknesses and to develop individualized education programs (IEP) to meet their needs.
This summer, Mrs. Morrelli volunteered to be a member of various committees within the Mountainside School District tasked with planning to safely reopen under the COVID-19 pandemic guidelines.
As a Board member, her wish is to continue and enhance Westfield’s tradition of excellence by contributing her professional expertise as an educator along with her perspective as a parent of Westfield-educated students. Mrs. Morrelli’s goal is to continually support the students and staff to provide an atmosphere where all feel safe, represented, and included and where all have equal access and opportunity to thrive.