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Former Dillon Valley Elementary principal to be honored Saturday

On Saturday, former Dillon Valley Elementary principal Gayle Jones-Westerberg will be honored with a sign in the school’s fifth-grade garden proclaiming it “Gayle’s Garden.”

The decision to honor the retired educator came from the Dillon Valley Elementary Parent-Teacher Association, which wanted to name the garden in her honor because of her passion for gardening, and for the school. When she worked as the school’s principal, it was common to see her outside watering the plants and flowers around the building.

“She enjoyed making the outside of DVE a place children and parents felt welcomed and proud to visit,” said Elizabeth Lowe, 2011 PTSA co-president.

Jones-Westerberg worked for the Summit School District for 29 years before retiring in 2011. She taught sixth grade at Summit Middle School before serving as the principal of Silverthorne Elementary, and then DVE beginning in 2000.

She started DVE’s dual-language program in 2005 with the class that is currently enrolled in seventh grade. In her career, Jones-Westerberg was an International Baccalaureate trainer, a National Elementary School Principal of the Year award recipient and a past president of the Colorado Association of School Executives.

The ceremony is at 11 a.m., Saturday at the school, in connection with Make A Difference Day. The community is invited to attend.