New digs put Wellington Schools super Dennis Mock elbow-to-elbow with third-graders


By Catherine Gabe - cgabe@civitasmedia.com



Photos by Catherine Gabe | Wellington Enterprise

Wellington Schools superintendent Dennis Mock gets in the holiday spirit with Westwood Elementary third-graders by reading “Christmas Cricket.”


One of the best things being in Westwood Elementary is the chance for lunch, hugs and fist bumps, said superintendent Dennis Mock who’s enjoying being back in grade school.


Superintendent Dennis Mock has gone back to grade school.

At least he’s moved there, because Westwood Elementary is now home to the administrative offices for the Wellington Schools.

Mock and district treasurer Michael Pissini moved their offices to Westwood when the old McCormick Middle School officially closed Dec. 8.

“It’s worked out quite well and I’m glad we’re not at the new middle school,” Mock said.

One of the first days they were in Westwood, he and Pissini were quickly approached by youngsters. “The first time the kids hugged him he said, ‘Is this going to happen very often?’” Mock said, laughing. “One of the kids asked if I was your dad, so it’s a lot of fun being here.”

He’s got about 300 kids’ names to learn. Principal Paul Holland is helping by asking Mock and Pissini to read to the students.

Mock cracked open “Christmas Cricket” for the kids the other day: “What do you think? What was he jumping across that was cold and shiny?” he asked the kids. They answered right away the answer was cold floor tiling. “Can you do a cricket sound that sounds like Jingle Bells?” Mock asked. Third-grader Arly Bowman cricked away in perfect harmony.

Before he left, the superintendent told the kids, “This is my third day in the building, so when you see me in the hall I’ll take a hug or a fist bump.”

Catherine Gabe can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @ReporterGabe on Twitter.

Photos by Catherine Gabe | Wellington Enterprise

Wellington Schools superintendent Dennis Mock gets in the holiday spirit with Westwood Elementary third-graders by reading “Christmas Cricket.”

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Photos by Catherine Gabe | Wellington Enterprise

Wellington Schools superintendent Dennis Mock gets in the holiday spirit with Westwood Elementary third-graders by reading “Christmas Cricket.”

One of the best things being in Westwood Elementary is the chance for lunch, hugs and fist bumps, said superintendent Dennis Mock who’s enjoying being back in grade school.

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One of the best things being in Westwood Elementary is the chance for lunch, hugs and fist bumps, said superintendent Dennis Mock who’s enjoying being back in grade school.

By Catherine Gabe

cgabe@civitasmedia.com