Celebrating Carol Westlake's retirement

Catharine Blaine K-8 teacher Carol Westlake describes her self as “an unpretentious old hippie chick” who doesn’t like any fuss made about her impending retirement.

She isn’t going to get her wish. The faculty at Catharine Blaine invite you to come help celebrate the retirement of Mrs. Westlake. Stop by and share a memory, give advice, and express your appreciation for all of her contributions to the Magnolia community, on Monday, June 20, from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the school.

The beloved second-grade teacher at Catharine Blaine K-8, who has taught at the school for 17 years (seven years as a kindergarten teacher and 10 years as a second-grade teacher) is known for her dedication to the kids, and her work to help her students realize that all the subjects they learn are interrelated and that they need to take care of the earth. 

When asked what she is going to miss most, Westlake said it will be “the energy, the love and the appreciation that the children realize how all things are connected and that we must be careful about the footprint we leave behind on this earth,” Westlake said.

Westlake, who started her career as an instructional assistant at Adams Elementary, grew up next door to Appalachia and blue grass music is in her blood.  She loves being surrounded by her family and she plans to spend time with her grandchildren and get away in the silver Airstream. 

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