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Robert Weezorak, an Educational Consultant with the CAIU Wins Thomas W. Holtzman, Jr. Leadership Award

by Comm Contractor | May 11, 2016

The Capital Area Intermediate Unit is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2015/2016 Thomas W. Holtzman, Jr. Leadership Award is Robert Weezorak, an educational consultant for the preschool program at the CAIU. Weezorak has worked with the CAIU since 1980 and has served as a school-age teacher in residential care centers and classrooms and has served as a master teacher, then educational consultant, for various classes in Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry counties.

The Holtzman Award is given annually to a teacher who is recognized as a leader in public education and the community; exceeds their professional requirements; and earns the respect of students, parents and colleagues. Weezorak will be presented with the award at the CAIU board meeting on May 26.

Congratulations, Mr. Weezorak!

Here are a few quotes from Mr. Weezorak’s letter of recommendation and application:

“…one teacher noted, ‘He is always here—even when he shouldn’t be.’ When he supports new teachers, often he stops by class in the morning before class or after class is finished as the teacher is occupied with students all day.  Much of his support involves after school time. Another teacher said, ‘I don’t think I could have survived as a new teacher without his help and encouragement.’” 

"One of the most sincere acts of kindness was observed when [Robert Weezorak] was seen comforting a student’s father who just lost his wife. The family struggled financially and he spent hours gathering information from the family and funeral director. He wrote a proposal requesting financial resources to a nationally growing campaign adopted by local organizations, institutions, and businesses so the family could move forward with the funeral arrangements. He was successful in his efforts and the father of the student who lost his wife was so grateful for his act of kindness."

“Most importantly, the children light up when they see [Robert] enter a room and he is often the ‘highly preferred’ adult that the children seem to cling to.”