Paula Maurer-Westbook: Talked into a distinguished career

Paula Maurer-Westbrook was initially reluctant to take on a second job.

She felt her plate was already full as second-grade teacher in Perry Public Schools when her neighbor, Paul Nilsson, a high school teacher and boys’ cross-country coach at Williamston High School, asked if she’d consider coaching girls’ cross country at Williamston. He knew she enjoyed running, so maybe she’d like to give coaching a try.

“At the time I thought I wasn’t interested because I had never done anything like that,” Maurer-Westbrook said. “I was a second-grade teacher, and it seemed like a bit of a stretch.”

“But he was persistent, and eventually talked me into it.”

That was 35 years ago, and while Maurer-Westbook has retired from teaching, she is still coach of Williamston High School’s girls’ cross-country team.

In recognition of her distinguished career as a teacher, coach and mentor, Maurer-Westbook was recently presented with the “Building Leaders” award from WVFN-AM’s “The Drive with Jack Ebling.” MEA and Home Management Company co-sponsor the award, which recognizes Mid-Michigan school employees who have gone above and beyond to help student athletes.

Click here to listen to the WVFN segment featuring Maurer-Westbook.