Alex Dworzanski receives his Hometown Hero Award
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette
Alex Dworzanski was nominated by Vanessa Lynch
It is my pleasure to nominate Alex Dworzanski as a Lehigh Acres Hometown Hero. I met Alex almost one year ago in his capacity as Assistant Principal of Harns Marsh Middle School on Unice Avenue in Lehigh Acres. At the time, I had just begun teaching in Lehigh Acres after living in Bonita Springs most of my adult life. Needless to say, the change was quite an adjustment for me, but Alex never let it get the best of me.
From the very beginning, I found Alex to be a trusted confidant, mentor, and friend. Time and time again, he has reached far beyond his role of Assistant Principal and has offered truly invaluable help, support, and service to the teachers and their families in Lehigh Acres and the East zone of the Lee County School District. On more than one occasion, Alex has pointed me and my colleagues in the right direction for auto maintenance, housing repairs, and veterinary services, promising a trustworthy and knowledge team and friendly service. What interests me most about his recommendations is that they are all rooted right here in Lehigh Acres, a city that has near-constant negative news coverage for one reason or another. Alex continually shows me and everyone around him the goodness that pervades the Lehigh Acres community.
Alex has spent much of his career working to make Lehigh Acres a better, stronger community through his work with the Lee County School District. He’s worked as both a teacher and an administrator at many Lehigh Acres schools, most recently Lehigh Elementary, East Lee County High School, and now Harns Marsh Middle School. I’ve had the pleasure of working with him to recruit the best and brightest teachers in Lee County to come to Lehigh Acres and the East zone of the school district to bring outstanding education and achievement to areas where students may not always have everything they need to be successful at home, despite their family’s best efforts. Alex understands where these families come from. He understands that the parents really do want what’s best for their children and sometimes struggle to admit when they don’t have what it takes to make these dreams a reality. To help these families he holds very dear to his heart, Alex is consistently working to make sure our school is staffed with friendly, knowledgable, and non-judgemental staff that can make these families feel comfortable and secure when they find themselves in need of help. In doing so, Alex has helped to build a community of trust, hope, and optimism, in an otherwise tense and sometimes foreboding corner of the community.
What impresses me most about Alex Dworzanski, though, is not his unrelenting love and appreciation for the community of Lehigh Acres and its residents, but rather his selfless dedication to making sure that others around him feel valued, appreciated, and heard. When I first came to teach at Harns Marsh Middle School, I was a shy teacher who stuck mostly to herself, but after working with Alex for a year and learning from his vast experiences, I have matured into a teacher leader at my school and in my community. In fact, I recently earned the title of Golden Apple teacher, a coveted recognition in the education profession. While he tells me all the time that I had it in me to accomplish these goals without his help, I know that he is wrong. He saw something in me that I hadn’t recognized in myself. It took the motivation, encourage, and general belief that Alex helped to foster in me that made me believe I could accomplish these lofty goals I’d set for myself. I know that I am not alone in receiving the genuine interest, warmth, and caring that Alex has shown be over the past year. I’ve met countless individuals throughout the year who attribute many of their own successes to the support and encouragement they received from Alex Dworzanski.
And so, it is with great pleasure that I wish to nominate Alex Dworzanski as a Lehigh Acres Gazette Hometown Hero. Alex is a champion of the Lehigh Acres community, a place he holds dear to him. He reminds me, and I am sure many other adults and children in the area, how lucky we are to live in such a thriving, young community.