“Good people bring out the good in people.”
There are many, many good people who keep Westlake running. There is a strong administration, dedicated teachers, and countless support staff that pour their hearts and minds into the ministry of Christian education. But there are often so many parent volunteers who humbly hide behind the scenes. Though I cannot name them all, I want to take a moment to highlight the love and encouragement of one special mother, Natasha Nieze. Mother to Jocelyn (7th grade), Caleb (4th grade), and Addisyn (2nd grade), the entire Nieze family has blessed our hallways for quite some time, but I would have to say that Mrs. Nieze has earned her place in all of our gratuitous hearts.
Though Mrs. Wilcox is a joy that will not soon be forgotten by anyone, Mrs. Nieze has willingly
dedicated herself to the job of fill-in librarian for the second graders every Monday. From reading short stories and novels, to letting them choose and share their favorite poetry, Mrs. Nieze has continued to fuel the passion these young readers have for literature and writing.
This past week was the final library class for the second graders and, once again, Mrs. Nieze did not hesitate to make things especially special. Laying out picnic blankets, bringing a cordless microphone, and goofy props, she allowed each child to share a piece of their own writing that they recently composed.
Filled with laughter and creativity, the grassy hills of Westlake were alive with narrative wonders! I can only say that half of this inspiration was due to the kind heart, constant time, and sweet voice of Mrs. Nieze. Thank you for making reading time come alive. Thank you for not being afraid to break down walls and be silly for the sake of the kids. Thank you for making a difference in the ever-present march toward loving literature fully.