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Weekend UPdate: December 10, 2021

Tom DeKeyser, Superintendent

Good Afternoon,

WLPS is wrapping up the first semester of the 2021-22 academic year next week.  Two long-time employees are also wrapping up their careers and moving into retirement.

Jule Fleury left a career in the banking industry and joined WLHS as a paraprofessional in 1999.  Ms. Fleury quickly gained a thorough understanding of our curriculum and began helping students with learning disabilities.  She was, and still is, a master at organizational and studying skills.  Dozens and dozens of students have benefited from her intelligence and talents.  Later in her career, Ms. Fleury began working with online credit recovery for WLHS students.  Believe it or not, online learning was a new thing once.  She was incredibly important in managing and motivating virtual students last year because of her knowledge and skill.

Dee Koehler started working as a paraprofessional at WLES in 2010.  She was one of the most caring adults in the school.  She quickly gained a reputation for looking out for kids who were not as connected socially to their peers.  She learned how to motivate students and relentlessly sought out those students who would get “off track.”  When WLPS moved the 7th and 8th grades into the high school, Ms. Koehler was moved with them because of her caring nature and reputation.  Even today, as I visited WLHS, Ms. Koehler was in the cafeteria encouraging students to make good choices over the weekend – “Stay safe and healthy” are words I often hear her saying.

I have a tremendous amount of respect for both of these women.  They have made our schools better places to learn.  I know they love our schools.  They are part of why I think each day is a great day to be a Trojan.

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