by Kavita Mehta
Assistant Principal Ms. Lynn Muir will be leaving WHS on March 2 to accept a principalship at The Children’s Institute.
According to Muir, for more than 50 years, TCI’s focus has been to develop the skills of children, adolescent and young adults on the autism spectrum and with related disabilities.
According to tcischool.org, the school offers opportunities for children with disabilities to interact with typical peers and to participate in community activities.
Muir started working at WHS in 2002 as a special education teacher, prior to which she taught at Mountain Lakes High School. She became an assistant principal at WHS in 2007.
Muir said: "I feel very fortunate to have experienced two aspects of my career here in Westfield, as a teacher and as an administrator. In either position, I have had the good fortune of working with many colleagues who were supportive, collaborative and committed to doing what was in the best interest of kids."
Special Education Teacher Ms. Jane D’Alessandro has known Muir since Muir began working at WHS. "She was an enthusiastic teacher whose organization and logical teaching methods were so helpful to her students," D’Alessandro said. "Her ‘roll up [her] sleeves’ attitude has been helpful here and will serve her well in her new position."
Throughout her years at WHS, Muir says her proudest accomplishment was being the recipient of the Robert and Linda Foose Memorial Award for Excellence in Education. The award is given to a staff member at WHS every year who has carried out the tradition of high standard in education; nominations for this award are solely based on student recommendation and input.
Said Muir, "When I was awarded [the Foose prize], it affirmed all the reasons I decided to be an educator."
She added that she was proud to have worked with many esteemed faculty members and to have been part of such a caring community.
Principal Mr. Peter Renwick said, "There is no doubt in my mind that Muir will be an excellent principal and that her students, faculty, and school community will benefit from her enthusiasm and knowledge."
Muir said that she will remember WHS as a place where she flourished professionally and made friendships that she hopes will last a lifetime.