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2016 Person of the Year

The Board of Education Proudly Announces the 2016 Person of the Year


The Board of Education for the Westchester Public Schools is very pleased to announce that Mr. Greg Leban has been named District 92½’s “Person of the Year” for 2016.  Mr. Leban will be honored at the annual Chamber of Commerce event, “Celebrate Westchester,” on Saturday, January 28, 2017.


Mr. Leban has been a member of the District 92½ administrative team since 2004, serving as Assistant Principal at WMS from 2004-2011 and WMS Principal since July 2011.  His nominators stated, “He is a dedicated, hardworking, and respected leader; consistent in his presence and daily direction; an effective communicator; and genuinely compassionate.  Mr. Leban cares for every student that walks through the hallways.  He inspires and encourages our students to put forth their best effort and make a difference in the community.  Mr. Leban represents not only the best of District 92½, but the best of Westchester."  Not only is he the leader of WMS, but he attended Nixon School, Westchester Elementary School, and Westchester Middle School for Kindergarten – Grade 8.  Mr. Leban has spent half of his life with the Westchester Public Schools.  He strives for excellence in all he does and has provided outstanding leadership to his students, their families, and staff throughout his tenure with our District.


For his commitment to excellence, we are pleased to honor Mr. Greg Leban with the District 92½ "Person of the Year" Award for 2016.  Please join the Board of Education in extending congratulations to Mr. Leban.


We are also pleased to share with you that Mrs. Rena Belfiore (Lead Cafeteria Supervisor at WIS), Mr. Fred Bero (Bus Driver), Mr. Willie Butler (Bus Driver), Ms. Donna DeVito (ESL Teacher at WPS), Mrs. Karen Klemchuk (7th Grade English/Language Arts Teacher at WMS), Mrs. Barbara Lappe (1st Grade Teacher at WPS) and Mrs. Laura Panuska (School Secretary at WMS) were nominated and considered by the Board of Education for the “Person of the Year” award.  We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Mrs. Belfiore, Mr. Bero, Mr. Butler, Ms. DeVito, Mrs. Klemchuk, Mrs. Lappe, and Mrs. Panuska for all that they have contributed to our schools.  People working together on behalf of the district’s students are what make the Westchester Public Schools a special place to work and learn.