New year! New board! New ideas!
The countdown is on. School begins in just 14 days. And we, at Westerville Partners for Education, are so excited! This summer we said good-bye (and THANK YOU!) to our board member, Stacy Keenan, who will be Hanby’s PTA president again this year, and we welcomed a whole crop of new board members to our organization.
John Tansey comes to us from Otterbein’s Chemistry Department. John has volunteered with and exhibited at Starry Night 2014. He helped us out by getting up (super early) to help us out with our Good Day Columbus Starry Night promotion. John has also worked with Blendon Middle School’s Robotics Club and attended our pilot STEAMHub event at Cherrington in May. John is interested in developing partnerships between Otterbein’s science department at Westerville Schools and we are thrilled to have him on board with us!
Jean Trimble is the fantastic whirlwind of energy and innovation at the core of Walnut Spring’s Media Center. Jean was a part of our Starry Night Planning Team for 2014 and is also a parent in the district. She runs the Walnut Springs website (likeagoodbook.com) and worked with WPE to bring in some new speakers for Walnut’s Career Day. Jean’s enthusiasm for innovation and passion for education is contagious and we’re so excited to work with her this year.
Mary Curry is the talented artist behind our beautiful Starry Night logo. She has been a long-time volunteer with WPE-helping us out with design work for the past three years, and we are delighted to have her join our board. Mary is a parent in the district and Art Director at Prism Marketing. She has a lot of fantastic idea on how we can improve the Starry Night experience with better maps, directions, signage and consistent branding throughout all of our programs. It’s going to be a great year!
Julie Nisbet is a parent in the district and former school psychologist in the district. Julie has been working to set up an exciting new tutoring program for WPE. She has a passion for supporting intervention and support for students with reading disabilities and her passion will connect so beautifully with our Books for Break program and the relationship we’ve built with Kiwanis of Westerville to support literacy. Welcome, Julie! Look for more news about our tutoring program coming in the coming months!
Stephanie Henderson, Assessment Practice Leader at Leader OnBoarding, joins our board this year and brings her passion for arts education to our mission. Stephanie has been a longtime advocate for the Arts at Westerville North and across the district and will be developing a plan to strength the arts in our schools. Stephanie’s mission supports education at all levels in the district, and we are so excited to work with her and take on this important issue in the district.
John O’Connor actually joined our board a couple of months ago, but I wanted to formally introduce him here today. John is President of Westerville Kiwanis and has a passion for supporting literacy. John has been instrumental in working with us to develop the Books for Break program last year and was also one of our pilot Library Volunteers. John volunteered at Starry Night 2014 and is interested in improving the reach and accessibility of our Books for Break program (transitioning it into a classroom experience called Book Bonanza!). John single-handedly collected books from Half Price Books and has leveled hundred of those books on his own. He also took our Books for Break program to the WARM lunch sites this summer. He is a dynamo for literacy and we’re so proud to have him on our board.
Bronwyn Ginty joins our board this year too! To know Bronwyn is to know a fantastic whirlwind of energy and enthusiasm for education and students. Bronwyn volunteered at Starry Night in 2013 and 2014 and was a part of our Starry Night Planning Team for 2014. She is a parent in the district and is Director for the Goddard School on Executive Parkway. We are so excited to have her working with us this year!