Two Westlake Schools’ staff members were honored by their peers with staff excellence awards.
The Excellence in Teaching award went to Marilyn Lester, a second-grade teacher at Holly Lane Elementary School. The Excellence in Classified Service award was given to Marsha Lesko, a special education assistant at Bassett Elementary School. The two were honored at the Dec. 9 Board of Education meeting.
Lester, who has been with the district since 1979, is best known for starting the annual Veteran’s Day celebration at Holly Lane that attracts a great deal of veterans and families each year. The program celebrated its 25th anniversary this year. Colleagues call her a professional who leads by example.
“Marilyn Lester is a kind and caring individual who is loved and respected by all of her colleagues,” one colleague wrote in a nomination form. “Marilyn is very conscientious and interested in continuous improvement. Marilyn Lester is a dedicated professional that takes pride in the learning and growth of her students.”
Lesko, who has been with the district since 2006, spent many years at Holly Lane before moving over to Bassett. Colleagues call her professional, hardworking and someone who strives to help everyone she meets.
“She has taken a genuine interest in our student had had made them feel comfortable starting a new school,” one colleague wrote. “Every day she works on building her relationships with our students by asking questions and taking care of ALL of their needs (academically, socially and physical.”
Award winners will have their names inscribed on a plaque to be permanently displayed at the Administration Building.