Carol Donaldson Holtz and former-Mayor Len Weeks have been selected as the recipients of the 2013 Learning Legacy Lifetime Achievement Awards.
These awards are presented annually to former St. Johns County public school students who have returned to the area and dedicated their time and talents to serving their community. A presentation will be made to Holtz and Weeks by Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner on Friday, September 27 at 6:30 p.m. before the football game between St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra high schools.
Holtz graduated valedictorian from Walter E. Harris High School in Hastings in 1965, where she ran track, was the captain and a leading defender of the basketball team, and section leader of the chorus and band. She attended Bethune-Cookman College where she graduated cum laude, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1969. She served as the supervisor for the Career Navigators youth program for First Coast Technical College and then joined the St. Johns County School District as the director of the Risk Management Department for more than eight years before retiring in 2012.
A very active member of Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church in Hastings, Holtz is a Deaconess, assistant superintendent of the Church School and the director of choirs. She is a co-founder and president of the Hastings Democratic Club.
Holtz has over 40 years of public sector employment which is indicative of her desire to serve. Throughout her career, she has inspired others to strive to be their best. One of her constant objectives is to instill in our youth that “life is all about choices, always consider the consequences.” She and her husband, Tommy, are parents of Victor Holtz and Pamela Hackney and grandparents of Mckenna Willis, a sophomore at Pedro Menendez High School (PMHS); Sophia Willis, a third grader at Otis Mason Elementary; Patrice Williams and Colby Williams Jr. who both attend Palatka High School as a junior and freshman, respectively.
Weeks graduated from St. Augustine High School (SAHS) in 1971, where he was a member of Key Club, the tennis team and the swim team. Upon receiving his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Florida’s College of Architecture, School of Building Construction in 1977; he returned to St. Augustine where he started, and still operates, Len Weeks Construction, Design, Development, a general contracting firm, specializing in historic preservation.
Weeks served on the St. Augustine City Commission from December 1994 through December 2000, and as Mayor from December 1995 until December 2000. During this time, he was very involved with Sister City projects in Aviles and Menorca, Spain. He is currently serving as the Ambassador to Spain for the City of St. Augustine.
Still very active in the community, Weeks serves in the following organizations: First United Methodist Church; St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce; current president of the Historic Area Council; president of the St. Augustine Sister Cities Association; a founding board member of the St. Augustine / Baracoa (Cuba) Friendship Association and chair of its Historic Preservation Committee, a member of Focus 450 which is working on Legacy Projects for the 450 Anniversary of St. Augustine; a member of Flagler College’s President’s Council, a member of the Flagler Hospital Foundation Board, and current chairman of the Historic Architectural Review Board.
Weeks and his wife, Kristy, own and operate two Panache Salons, and numerous commercial and residential rental properties. They have three children – Austin, Claudia and Schaffer. Austin and Claudia are both graduates from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville. Austin graduated from Flagler College in 1999, and Claudia is a sophomore at the University of Florida. Schaffer attends SAHS and is the current senior class president. His father, Claude Weeks, was the former Administer of Flagler Hospital and his mother, JuAnne Weeks, was a St. Johns County elementary school teacher.
Past recipients of the Learning Legacy Lifetime Achievement Award are former Superintendent of Schools Otis Mason, the late Judge Richard Watson, former Pedro Menendez High School (PMHS) Principal and School Board member Bill Mignon, Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind teacher-coach Hank White, the late Sheriff Neil Perry, former basketball coach Doris Blackshear, former Representative Doug Wiles, former PMHS football coach Dwaine Fisher, School Board Member Tommy Allen, St. Johns Technical High School Assistant Principal Cynthia Williams, Deputy Superintendent for Academic Services Martha Mickler, CPA Brad Davis, former SAHS Principal Tyrone Ramsey, former Chamber of Commerce President Robin Burchfield, retired Barnett Bank President Bill Young, former St. Johns County Tobacco Prevention Coordinator Nancy Birchall, Nease High School Dean of Students Kelvin “Bernie” Blue, SAHS Yellow Jackets broadcaster Barry Kass, author and board of trustees member for the St. Augustine Historical Society Beth Rogero Bowen, former Alternative Schools Teacher of the Year Rocky Merrill, retired banking executive John W. Daniels, Terrell Hogan attorney Wayne Hogan, Judge Clyde Wolfe and retired SAHS teacher Hattie Jenkins.
All recipients’ names are inscribed on a perpetual plaque that hangs outside the Superintendent’s Office.