PTSA Announces 2018 Service to Youth Honorees
The Williamsville PTSA Council honored three individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary service to the students of the Williamsville Central School District. The 61st annual Service to Youth Award celebration was held Monday night at Williamsville East High School.
Michelle Anzalone, a Business Teacher at Williamsville East since 2012, received the Professional Award. Ms. Anzalone has been with the school district for 27 years, previously teaching at Williamsville South High School. At East, she is the FBLA (Future Business Leaders Association) Faculty Advisor. Under her tutelage, the club has grown from 50 to 340 members, making it one of the largest, most successful student clubs at the high school. She is also co-advisor for the WEHS Class of 2019 and coordinates the school’s concession stand, The Snack Shack. “Ms. Anzalone is dedicated in everything she does, and is always thinking about others,” said East Senior Ann Wang, FBLA President. “Ms. Anzalone is one of the most influential teachers I have ever known, if not the most.” Ms. Anzalone is the mother of a 2016 East High graduate and two younger children currently attending Williamsville schools.
The Support Staff Award was presented to Andrea Navis, an educational aide in the 15:1 classroom at Dodge Elementary and a highly valued member of the Dodge academic team. Mrs. Navis became a substitute aide in the district in 2015 shortly after her family relocated to Williamsville from Georgia. According to Dodge Principal Charles Smilinich, Mrs. Navis is a conscientious professional, committed to excellence. “She is dedicated to helping children reach their maximum potential and that quality shines through with her interaction with our students,” he said. Mrs. Navis is also co-president of the Dodge PTA and led the effort to have Dodge designated a National PTA School of Excellence. She is also a Girl Scout Troop Leader and recently took on the role of Troop Recruitment for the East Amherst Service Unit. She has two daughters who attend Williamsville schools.
Dana Hensley received the Volunteer Award for her extensive volunteer work at Dodge Elementary where three of her four children attend school. Mrs. Hensley is the PTA Corresponding Secretary, PTA Web Administrator, and a member of the Building Wellness Team. She served previously on the school’s Shared Decision Making Team and the PARP Parent Team. Mrs. Hensley has spearheaded innovative programs such as “No Tech Tuesdays”, the Prairie Pond Community Garden, and the Fourth Grade Newspaper Club. An active member of her church, The Chapel at CrossPoint, Mrs. Hensley was the program director for a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group dedicated to helping mothers with young children realize their potential while growing in their faith. “Dana works tirelessly for children and families at Dodge, in her church, and in our community,” said Mary Hemmer, nominator.