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Kay Dileo smiles while sitting in her chair

Kay DiLeo

Kay DiLeo is a counselor who has been faculty at West for 28 years. During her time here, DiLeo’s favorite thing about West High has been its diversity.

“I really think the diversity is very unique. It’s a great life experience for students to go through here and experience the different cultures and different diversity that we have. And then I’m just amazed at the creativity and the intelligence of our students year in and year out.”

In her retirement, DiLeo will miss the interactions she gets to have with students, from watching them graduate to being a tennis coach. She will also miss her fellow staff members. And even though she will be missing the students and staff members, DiLeo is excepted for her retirement. 

“There comes a time for change, and I’m just I’ve been doing this for a long time. And I’m not going on to another profession and I’m just looking forward to having some relaxation and you know, me I like sports. And so I look forward to playing a variety of sports and just enjoying my free time and not being on a schedule anymore,”  said DiLeo. 

In her retirement, she hopes to be able to travel with her husband, and spend more time playing golf and tennis. But in her absence, she encourages students to notice the little things in life.

“Nothing is worth more than today, so enjoy the moment and live in the present. Believe in yourself, and you’ll achieve great things,” said DiLeo.


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