I am writing this letter in support of Marianne Nardone, who is running for the Westerly School Committee. Based on my experience with her, there is no doubt in my mind that coupled with her background, personality, and drive, Marianne deserves this spot on your committee.
One of the reasons I believe Marianne is an exceptional candidate is because of her experience. She has experience on all different levels as an educator, from a classroom teacher, to an acting superintendent. I had the honor of working with Marianne during her last few years in the Norwich Public Schools, both at Greeneville and Huntington elementary schools. Sadly, one of those years was the year that they closed the Greeneville school, however, Marianne did not let that ruin our school motto as the “best school in the whole wide world.” Her leadership created a community at Greeneville. Both students and staff loved coming to school. We were a family, and Marianne organized an end-of-the-school party where staff, students, and the school were honored. I still have a terrific memory of exiting our gymnasium with our classes doing a conga line.
Marianne has the drive to be on your school committee. All of her years working in public education has led to her being part of Westerly’s school system, and she is now giving back to you, with her wealth of knowledge that she has acquired over her 40 years of public education. She has always been relentless in seeking and pursuing only the best for her students and their families, and creating an amazing educational community in her schools.
Marianne has touched many lives in her years in education and I am proud to say I am one of them. I have no doubt that without my experience with her, I would not have the passion I have for my students, and may not have even continued to pursue my career as a teacher.
Lastly, Marianne deserves this position because of the person that she is. She is dedicated, kind, intelligent, supportive, and strong. She fights for what she believes in, and that is that all students have the right to an education, no matter their personal and family situation.
I wholeheartedly support Marianne Nardone for the Westerly School Committee. She has the desire and the experience that will prove invaluable to your school system.