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Westfield Public School Employees Honored For 535 Years Of Service

Photo courtesy of Westfield Public Schools
Photo courtesy of Westfield Public Schools

Twenty-one Westfield Public School staff members were honored for more 535 years of combined service by the Board of Education and colleagues at the 27th annual Gala for school employees.  The event was held June 5 at the Pantagis Renaissance in Scotch Plains.

The annual event brings staff members together to honor retirees and employees with 25 years of service.

Superintendent of Schools Margaret Dolan and Westfield Education Association President Kim Schumacher addressed the honorees, thanking them for their dedication and service to the Westfield Public Schools. 

Board of Education President Richard Mattessich and Vice President Rosanne Kurstedt formally recognized the retirees and 25-year employees. 

This year’s retirees include:  

  • Pat Bradley, Executive Secretary, Business Office
  • Michael Clarke, Head Custodian, Lincoln
  • Barbara Costine, secretary, Westfield High School (WHS)
  • Kathleen Ellis, Special Education teacher, Lincoln
  • Ann Hade, Guidance secretary, WHS
  • Thomas Hornish, Social Studies teacher, WHS
  • Jeanne Jensen, nurse, Tamaques; Les  Jacobsen, Math teacher, WHS
  • Kathy Kopec, Special Education teacher, Edison Intermediate School
  • Anne Marie Petriano, 1st grade teacher, Tamaques
  • Salvatore Petrucelli, head custodian, Washington
  • Richard Salls, 4th grade teacher, Wilson
  • David Shapiro, Music teacher, EIS
  • Marilyn Toriello, Special Education teacher, Roosevelt Intermediate School
  • Kathi Wildstein, Pre-Kindergarten teacher, Lincoln

Twenty-five year honorees included:  

  • Jennifer Buccino, Physical Education teacher, Tamaques 
  • Nancy Cunliffe, secretary, McKinley 
  • Karen Federico, Special Education teacher, Edison Intermediate School
  • Ann Hade, Guidance Secretary, WHS
  • Leah Jarvis, Art teacher, WHS
  • Jeanne Jensen, nurse, Tamaques
  • Catherine McGarry, 1st Grade teacher, McKinley
  • Geraldine Rizzo, paraprofessional, McKinley.

Photo Caption: 

Superintendent of the Westfield Public Schools, Margaret Dolan (far right), congratulated 21 staff members at the  Annual Gala that brought district employees together to honor retirees and those with 25 years of service.  Standing with Dr. Dolan are (r-l) retirees Kathy Ellis, Les Jacobsen, and Thom Hornish, and 25-year employee Leah Jarvis.

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