Williamsville PTSA announces Service to Youth Award winners
The Williamsville PTSA Council honored winners of its 60th Annual Service to Youth Awards May 8 during a special celebration held at Williamsville East High School.
The 2017 winners are: Professional Award, Cheryl Goldstone, a School Counselor at Williamsville South High School; Professional Award, Eliza Damstedt a substitute teacher and an academic support teacher; Support Staff Award, Mary Beth Gerard, a kindergarten aide at Dodge Elementary; and Volunteer Award, Laura Brann, Maple West and Heim Middle schools.
Mrs. Goldstone has been a School Counselor at Williamsville South for 22 years. She is team leader for the Counseling Department, co-advisor for the National Honor Society, advisor for the Superintendent's Inter-High Advisory Council, co-chair of the school's Wellness Team, and serves as the Advanced Placement Coordinator. Mrs. Goldstone is co-chair for the National College Fair in Buffalo, which attracts over 200 colleges and is attended by high school students from across Western New York.
Eliza Damstedt has been a substitute teacher in the district since 2014 and currently serves as an academic support teacher at Maple West Elementary. As an academic support teacher, Mrs. Damstedt works with children from all grade levels, kindergarten through fourth grade, and provides instructional intervention in all subject areas to address specific student needs. The mother of four also is an active parent volunteer at both Maple West and Mill Middle School where her children attend.
Mary Beth Gerard has been a kindergarten aide at Dodge Elementary since 2005. She works with two kindergarten classes supporting all aspects of learning including small and whole group instruction, one-on-one support, and student work preparation. For the past two years, she also has worked as a classroom aide for a combined first and second grade 15:1 class.
Laura Brann has been an active parent volunteer and PTA leader since the first of her three children entered kindergarten at Maple West Elementary nine years ago. She is a former co-president of the Maple West PTA and was co-chair for the fundraising committee to complete the school’s playground project. She remains active at Maple West where her daughter is in second grade while volunteering increasingly more at Heim Middle School where her two sons attend.