Genoa Middle School teacher Caley Nestor-Baker was surrounded by friends, colleagues, family members, administrators and Rotarians as she was named December’s Service to youth recipient.
Caley Nestor-Baker, a 7th grade Social Studies teacher at Genoa Middle School, was surprised last month when a group of Sunrise Rotarians showed up to present her with the Diane J. Conley Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise Service to Youth award. She received a plaque from the club, along with a cake and a gift card donated by the Walmart Supercenter on Schrock Road. In addition, an American flag will be flown in her honor during Westerville’s Field of Heroes display. Nestor-Baker and other Service to Youth award winners will be recognized at a breakfast next May.
Nestor-Baker has contributed to the growth and development of all students, both academically and in dealing with the needs of the “whole child.” She always tries new strategies and collaborates with other educators to excite young people about learning. She supports her students through the National History Day process and always challenges them, with a positive attitude, to be the best they can be. Nestor-Baker participates in professional development opportunities so she can best serve each pupil. “Her caring and compassion sets an example for all faculty to follow,” said her nominator.
Rotary Sunrise instituted Service to Youth awards six years ago to recognize exceptional school employees who have made a special contribution to youth; have served as a positive role model for young people; and have demonstrated service above and beyond the call of duty in performing their job responsibilities. The award is named in honor of Sunrise Rotarian Diane Conley, retired Chief of Academic Affairs for Westerville City Schools.