Two staff members won’t return in January

Two well-known staff members, guidance clerk Brenda Kloppel guidance clerk and attendance clerk Elaine Lawson, will be leaving at the end of the semester. Both of these clerks have worked with students daily for many years. 

“I started working at West Shore in December of 2014,” Kloppel said. “The best part of working at West Shore was getting to know all of the students and staff.”

Kloppel said she was ready for a new challenge and will be working as a bookkeeper at Ocean Breeze Elementary School.

“What I miss about West Shore is the people that I have seen almost every day since 2014,”  Kloppel said. 

Lawson, who has worked at West Shore for almost 13 years, is retiring.

“Working with the students and staff  has been the best part of the job because we have wonderful people,” Lawson said. “I just enjoy being around the kids because they have so much energy.”

Lawson said being an attendance clerk is a unusual job and can sometimes be a challenge.

“Just go with the flow, and just take it one day at a time and get to learn and know the people,” Lawson said.

Lawson’s replacement is Kim Morin.  She has moved from Nashville to join the West Shore Nation. 

Lawson said she has felt lucky to work at West Shore. 

“It takes time getting used to a new place and new people, and I would just say that this is a great place to work,” she said. 

By Olivia Blackwell