Simon wins award

Nikta Mansouri

Middle School Attendance Coordinator Brenda Simon received the Carolyn and Marion Hays Award for her service to the school at a faculty and staff meeting Aug. 21.

The award is given annualy to a faculty or staff member “who epitomizes loyal and dedicated service to the school, friendliness, good humor and encouragement, patience and thoughtful consideration for all members of the Harvard-Westlake community,” Head of School Jeanne Huybrechts said.

Marion Hays was a dorm head, teacher and assistant headmaster at Harvard School from 1944 to 1970. His wife, Carolyn, was also very involved with the school.

The award is endowed by their sons, both Harvard School graduates.

“For the last 25 years, she has given loyal and dedicated service to our school in the most upbeat and thoughtful manner imaginable. No single job title can adequately convey all that she does: keeper of records, parent liaison, school nurse, school historian, conflict mediator, trusted source for curious and questioning middle schoolers,” Huybrechts said.

Simon said she did not expect to be honored at the event.

“[I feel] the same way I feel every day: extremely blessed to be a part of a community like this one,” Simon said.