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Honoring Marybeth and Jim Westin: A Tribute to a Lifetime of Service

I had the great honor of recognizing Marybeth and Jim Westin with HR831 this year. These two exceptional individuals are retiring from their illustrious careers as teachers, having spent a combined 60 years educating students in the Rockford region. Their dedication and commitment to uplifting the youth in our community are truly unparalleled.


Marybeth and Jim's careers have been marked by their unwavering service across various educational settings. Whether working within special education, advocating for teachers during negotiations, or serving non-traditional students at the Winnebago County Juvenile Detention Center, they have consistently demonstrated their passion for teaching and their devotion to making a positive impact on their students' lives.


Marybeth's work in special education has been instrumental in providing tailored support to students with unique needs, ensuring that every child has the opportunity to succeed. Her advocacy efforts have not only benefited her students but have also strengthened the teaching profession as a whole.


Jim's contributions, particularly at the Winnebago County Juvenile Detention Center, highlight his dedication to reaching out to students in challenging circumstances. His efforts have provided these students with the guidance and support they need to overcome obstacles and pursue a brighter future.

The retirement of Marybeth and Jim marks the end of an era for the Rockford region, but their legacy will undoubtedly live on. Their influence has touched countless lives, and their work has made a lasting difference in our community.


As they embark on the next chapter of their journey, I extend my heartfelt thanks to Marybeth and Jim for their incredible service. I wish them great success and fulfillment in their retirement. They have set an extraordinary example for educators everywhere, and their contributions will be remembered and cherished for years to come.

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