By Zeke Williams
Mrs. Pena is a paraprofessional here at WES but did you know she has been at WES in several other roles even before this year?
Mrs. Pena has four children, all of whom are or were students at WES. Her oldest son, Mikey, is now a freshman at Episcopal Academy, but he started as a kindergartener here in 2009! Her daughter, Lola, graduated from WES last year and is a 6th grader at RMS. She also has Roman in 3rd grade and Cruz in kindergarten.
She said, “I have also felt so fortunate that my children have had the most amazing teachers at WES.”
Mrs. Pena is also on the PTO. She loves being able to be around dedicated parents, teachers and staff, helping the PTO committee chairs do their jobs and make a positive impact for the WES community.
As a para, she works with the fourth grade team. To be a teacher, she has a degree in Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education, and a teaching certificate in Elementary and Special Education in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Before she had kids and became a teacher, she played field hockey at Temple University!
In addition to all she does at WES, she also teaches first grade prep at St. Katharine of Siena church on Midland Avenue.
Mrs. Pena’s favorite part about teaching is being able to work with students she loves seeing many familiar faces in the halls each day at WES.
Outside of school, she likes to play sports. She plays field hockey at Merion Cricket Club and she works out at Tribe Mainline.