Universal Pre-K teacher welcomed

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Pictured above are Mrs. Brenda Backus, YWCA Child Services Director, (center)and Mrs. Shanda DuClon, Westfield Academy and Central School Elementary Principal, (left) welcoming Karen Swank, the newly appointed YWCA Westfield universal Pre-K teacher. Mrs. Swank replaces Linda Diodato, who has retired after five years in the position. Mrs. Swank is a Westfield native, a graduate of Westfield Academy and Central School and SUNY Fredonia. She has a teaching degree in childhood education and has worked extensively as a substitute teacher in the Westfield and Brocton schools. Mrs. Swank served on the board at Appleseed Pre School, volunteered at the Community Soup kitchen in North Carolina and has traveled to Louisiana to help in disaster relief projects. Mrs. Swank, her husband Matt, and daughters Avery and Audrey live the Westfield area.