Karen Weeks was an admired and cherished teacher at WSM from 1988 until 2005. She was always there for the parents: to advise, coach, praise, and with their help, mold their children into great people.
Her passion was to instill in her children a love of learning. She built minds, but she also helped to build character, self-esteem, and self-respect.
In 2000 Karen found out she had breast cancer. She and her family both at home and at West Side, handled her illness with courage and hope. She fought hard and continued to teach until she lost her battle in 2005.
Karen wanted to leave her mark at West Side and requested in her will that a scholarship be established in her name. Because Karen walked at Olander with her friends and loved ones, both before and during her illness, it was decided to create an event at Olander called the "5KDUB," after KDub, Karen's nickname.
For the last nine years a scholarship has been awarded to a child at the event whom the staff feels symbolizes all the best characteristics of a Montessori student.
We thank you for your contributions and hope you continue to support this cause. We look forward to seeing you at next year's KDub!