by Liz Griesmer
Ms. Emily Style
Over the course of 40 years, Ms. Emily Style has experienced a “patchwork quilt of a teaching career.”
In addition to teaching English at WHS, Style has also taught undergraduates at Cornell University, graduates at NYU and a class for pregnant teenagers at the Passaic City YWCA.
Said Style: “Being a teacher has brought me abundant fulfillment... If [teaching] beckons [you] at all, I urge you to be reflective about why and consider it. Teaching has brought me great joy.”
After retiring, she will continue to co-direct the National Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity Project on Inclusive Curriculum at Wellesley College; SEED provides faculty development seminars led by teachers in schools around the world.
Mr. John Buldo
Mr. John Buldo graduated from WHS in 1967 and returned 35 years later to fill the newly created position of supervision paraprofessional. For the past 10 years, Buldo has worked closely with Paraprofessional Ms. Theresa Martins.
Said Buldo, “The most fulfilling part [of the job] is getting to know the students and earning their trust and respect, and knowing that they can come to [Ms. Martins and me] for help on any problem that they’re having during the school day."
As the former owner of Broad Street Stables, he plans to buy a racehorse after he retires.
Ms. Sharon Reynolds
Since 1989, Ms. Sharon Reynolds has taught in Westfield as a vocal music teacher. She has helped expand the choral programs at Wilson Elementary School, EIS and WHS. Throughout her career, she has conducted at Carnegie Hall and in venues in Europe with select WHS choirs.
Said Reynolds: “I must say hearing Concert Choir sing in Carnegie Hall was so moving…. The trip to Austria and Italy was also…an unforgettable time.”
Reynolds has no specific plans for retirement but will continue to teach classes at Raritan Valley College.
She added, “Westfield High School is a magnificent place, and I will truly miss it.”