Westlake’s first color yearbook was launched! And guess who it was dedicated to? Both Mr. Naegele and Ms. Snow (now Mrs. Van Ryn), two very beloved and definitely missed teachers at Westlake.
Our yearbook, Color Our World (pictured below), is dedicated to Mr. Michael Naegele for not only how beloved he was, but also because he devoted 30 years of his life to teaching at Westlake Christian Academy. Students at Westlake looked to Mr. Naegele for many things: a tutor, a guidance counselor, a reference, and even a friend. He was a teacher, a friend, a parent and even a grandparent to students at Westlake and he will be greatly missed. However, we are grateful for him serving outside of Westlake in the Christian community and how he can now focus on his life, his time with his family and his ongoing walk with God.
The yearbook is also dedicated to our dear Ms. Snow. Ms. Snow, now Mrs. Van Ryn, got married this summer. She planned to not come back to Westlake to teach, which saddened everyone who knew her or had her as a teacher. Ms. Snow is an amazing person and so fun to have as a teacher and as a friend. She was patient with us and loved all of us in every way she could, but now it is time for her to direct that love towards her husband. No, she won’t stop caring and missing us, but she is on to a new chapter in her life.
Mr. Naegele, Ms. Snow, you both will be missed and we love and adore you both dearly.
By Nikita Pratt, Communications TA