Letter: Providing for children
I am a long-time resident of Westfield and I love this community! I am a graduate of Westfield High School, attended Purdue University, where I met my husband, Dave, and we were excited to pick Westfield as our home. We have two children who have been able to take advantage of the many opportunities in Westfield Washington Schools. Both of our children benefited from quality educational programming, teaching, facilities and extracurricular activities. Our son, Robbie, is now a freshman at Purdue and feels that Westfield prepared him for his college coursework, and he has continued his love of basketball, playing at the Co-Rec at Purdue. Our daughter, Shelby, is a freshman at Westfield High School and has been able to participate in Dance Marathon and Best Buddies while continuing to ride horses after school. In addition to my own children thriving in the school district, I have been able to fulfill my dreams as an educator, opening up Oak Trace Elementary School in August 2000. As the principal of Oak Trace, I have been able to watch our community grow and change and develop relationships with so many wonderful families. I feel so fortunate to work every day with extremely caring and dedicated teachers and staff who truly love what they do every day and love the children in their care. We work hard every day and achieve academically, but we also are a family and enjoy learning, growing and having fun together. I can’t think of anywhere I’d rather be. It is unfortunate that schools have been put in a position to ask their communities for funding so that we can continue to offer quality programming and much-needed construction to accommodate our growth. None of us chose this career to be salespeople, trying to make money for our schools. We just want to continue to provide the children and families in our care with an optimum learning environment and quality programming. It is my hope that our community will vote YES on May 2 so that we can continue to be a school district and community that people choose to raise their families.
Principal of Oak Trace Elementary