Twenty-five Westfield Public School retiring staff members were honored for 558 years of combined service by the Board of Education, colleagues, and guests at the 30th annual Gala for school employees. The event was held on June 1 at the Shackamaxon Country Club. The time-honored event also pays tribute to employees with 25 years of service.
Superintendent of Schools Margaret Dolan and Westfield Education Association President Gail Alston addressed the honorees, thanking them for their dedication and service to the Westfield Public Schools. Board of Education President Gretchan Ohlig and Vice President Peggy Oster formally recognized the retirees and 25-year employees.
This year’s retirees include:
Moira Abraham – Roosevelt Intermediate School, Daria Bonavita - Jefferson/Lincoln Schools, Jean Brezinski - Washington/Tamaques Schools, Stewart Carey - Roosevelt Intermediate School, Patricia Cheek - Franklin School, Anne Cohen - Roosevelt Intermediate School, Colleen Coyle - Special Services, David Davis - Westfield High School, Domenico DiDario - Washington School, Jason Grant - Westfield High School, Suzanne Hanas - Roosevelt Intermediate School, Alison Hooper - Edison Intermediate School, Lester Hyland – Maintenance, Linda King - Visual & Performing Arts, Barbara Leparulo - Edison Intermediate School, Patricia Marchiano - Westfield High School, Jeanette Muñoz - Jefferson School, Joanne Ply - Franklin School, Dona Panagos - Roosevelt Intermediate School, Jerzy Romaniecki - Edison Intermediate School, Maria Santilli - Westfield High School, Lori Scicolone - Westfield High School, Nancy Lee Sommers - Washington School, Teresa Squillace - Edison Intermediate School, and David Tiffenbach - Franklin School.
The eight honorees in the Quarter Century Club, each with 25 years of service, include:
Susanne Bonhote - McKinley School, Anne Cohen - Roosevelt Intermediate School, Diane Eisen - Tamaques School, Melissa Greenwald - Special Services, Kerry Lyman - Franklin School, Kenneth Miller - McKinley School, Andrew Perry - Washington School, and Andrea Wohl - Wilson School.