WESTFIELD — The Westfield Board of Education recognized teachers and staff for their enthusiasm, caring and dedication at Tuesday’s meeting.

“On behalf of the board of education, I am pleased to present each of you with a resolution attesting to your commitment and devotion,” said Board of Education President Gretchan Ohlig.

Special Education teachers Michele Belz (Edison Intermediate School) and Dominick Ceccio (Roosevelt Intermediate School) were recognized for receiving the Optimist Club’s Intermediate School Outstanding Teacher Award.

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“I congratulate Ms. Belz and Mr. Ceccio for this well-deserved honor,” said Superintendent Margaret Dolan.  “The Intermediate School Outstanding Teacher Award recognizes teachers who provide an educationally stimulating and supporting environment during the critical stage of adolescence.”

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, three teachers and one custodian at Westfield High School were recognized for receiving awards for excellence from the Westfield High School community.  Brett Curtis (Social Studies), Warren Hynes (English, Journalism), Anthony Meyers (Mathematics), and Marina Rogel (Custodian) received a resolution from the Board of Education.

"When I think about these individuals I can't help but think of their individual talents and how everyday they work to make kids' lives better," said Westfield High School principal Dr. Nelson.

Finally, the Board recognized Roosevelt Intermediate School language arts and journalism teacher Matthew Kalafat with the prestigious Carnegie Medal for heroism. Kalafat rescued an unconscious woman who was drowning at Point Pleasant Beach in September of 2016. Kalafat was unable to attend Tuesday’s meeting but Dr. Dolan planned to visit him in his classroom on Wednesday to present the award, Ohlig said.