- Attitude – Tom has a passion for students and staff. He
has never ending energy and he directs that energy to our district. Tom
believes in developing the potential in all people. He demonstrates this with
students; helping them excel in their leadership skills, with staff; mentoring
them to help them succeed. Just one of the many ways Tom accomplishes this,
is by being very involved in programs that offer mentorship. He travels with
students to Winnipeg every year for the MUNA program. This program gives
students the change to participate in a model UN program. Tom also has been a
mentor to aspiring administrators. He counsels staff that would like to
expand their leadership skills and helps steer them in the right direction.
He believes in the dev elopement of individuals to their highest potential.
He is a devoted individual.
- Character – His character is exemplary. Tom is a
fun-loving yet serious person. He enjoys staff and student interactions and
is very thoughtful. He keeps on top of staff and student accomplishments and
never fails to recognize them, whether it is a card or note that he
- Personal Accomplishments – On the academic side, Tom has
accomplished many things. He has taught in the classrooms, has been an
administrator and a superintendent. Prior to coming to our district, Tom was
superintendent in another school district for over 12 years. His passion for
education has directed his accomplishments.
On a personal side, the Westerhaus’ are a very close family, with Betsy, Tom’s
wife (an educator as well) and 4 children. He is looking forward to being a
grandparent some day (he hopes soon!). Tom is very close to his children. He
remains very active in their lives.
The only area that Tom could improve on would be getting out on our trail
system and doing some cross-country skiing!
- Demonstrations of Generosity – Tom is a busy man.
Although his hectic schedule is tight, Tom always has time for students and
staff. He listens and helps individuals discover solutions to their
situations. Tom has mentored many people and remains a resource in their
lives. His day starts before 7:00 a.m. and most days ends after 9:30 p.m.
When he does have spare time, he attends student-sporting events to support
our Laker athletes. He is amazing!
Ragan’s Wall is such a wonderful opportunity to
acknowledge those that exemplify these behaviors in honor of Ragan.
Please consider Tom Westerhaus as a person that would fit
all of the criteria to be one of your selections for this prestigious award!