The first, Oct. 23, honored Paul Holland, former Westview Elementary School principal. Supt. Robert Scott presented Holland with the district’s traditional retirement bell, as well as a glass trophy to the applause of staff, administrators, former students, family and friends.
“Paul Holland has had a great career at multiple positions in Avon Lake,” said Scott. “He was loved by staff and students. He epitomized what an educator should be….he did everything possible to make every student successful. He never had a student that he did not treat with respect and make sure that they knew that they were loved. He will be missed as his hard work and dedication to Avon Lake City Schools and our students will always be remembered and appreciated.”
Holland began his career in Avon Lake in 1991 as a sixth-grade teacher at Learwood Middle School He also taught sixth-grade at Troy Intermediate School. Holland returned to Learwood in 2001 to become the school’s assistant principal. In 2003, he was named principal at Westview. He retired, effective July 31, 2015.
“Paul was a wonderful person and principal,” said Nick Moore, current Westview Elementary School principal. “He treated everyone with respect and always looked at the best qualities in everyone he encountered. One of his famous sayings was, ‘Love the kids, love the kids, love the kids.’”
Holland is currently the principal at Westwood Elementary School in Wellington.
A second retirement party is planned for Oct. 29 to honor Dr. Joanie Walker, former Avon Lake High School principal. The reception will held in the high school’s Media Center, 175 Avon Belden Road. She will be presented with the district’s traditional retirement bell, as well as a glass trophy.
Dr. Joanie Walker
“Dr. Joanie Walker had an outstanding career as the Avon Lake High School principal,” said Scott. “Dr. Walker is a respected educator in all areas of the field. Her tenure was marked with success academically, extra- curricularly and co-curricularly. The high school principal position is one of the toughest jobs in education. Dr. Walker is a true professional that led her building to ongoing improvement in all areas. Her hard work and dedication will long be appreciated as we continue to build on what she has implemented. I want to thank Dr. Walker for her work at Avon Lake High School, the entire district and for kids.”
Dr. Walker began her tenure at Avon Lake High School as principal in 2006. She retired, effective June 30, 2015.
She currently works as the executive assistant to the managing director, healthcare at Huntington Bank.
The celebration will also feature a performance by the school’s Merples choral group.