Honors & Awards
1998 State Teachers of the Year
The National Teacher of the Year Program, sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers and Scholastic Inc., each year names teachers of the year from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico. A national winner is chosen from among these winners in April. The state winners are listed below.
Alabama. Pamela Taylor Henson, Foley High School, Foley. Alaska. Sonja Schmidt, Tri-Valley Middle School, Healy. Arizona. Peggy Woods, Amphitheater High School, Tucson. Arkansas. Charles Rossetti, Springdale High School, Springdale. California. Ginger Brown, Chandler Tripp School, San Jose. Colorado. Mark Mavrogianes, Northglenn High School, Denver. Connecticut. Marianne Roche Cavanaugh, Gideon Welles School, Glastonbury. Delaware. Harry Kutch, William Penn High School, New Castle.
Department of Defense. Brenda S. Posey, Ramstein American High School, Ramstein, Germany. District of Columbia. Brenda Gwenetta Jenkins, C. Melvin Sharpe Health School, Washington. Florida. Grace A. Williams, North Shore Elementary School, Jacksonville. Georgia. Jamie Price Lipscomb, Evans Middle School, Newnan. Guam. Roberta Marie Abaday, John F. Kennedy High School, Tamuning. Hawaii. Ellen Schroeder, Olomana School, Kailua. Idaho. Glenda Jamison Eubanks, Nampa High School, Nampa. Illinois. Steven Tsutomu Isoye, Highland Park High School, Highland Park. Indiana. Kimberly D. Giesting, Connersville High School, Connersville.
Iowa. Ruth Ann Gaines, East High School, Des Moines. Kansas Darla J. Mallein, Emporia Middle School, Emporia. Kentucky. Susan B. Stucker, Paul G. Blazer High School, Ashland. Louisana. Gustavia Evans, Thomas Jefferson Junior High School, Monroe. Maine. Joanne DeFilipp Alex, Stillwater Montessori School, Old Town. Maryland. Robert L. Foor-Hogue, South Carroll High School, Sykesville. Massachusetts. Mary C. Ginley, Center School, Longmeadow. Michigan. Katherine Ann Grzesiak, Eastlawn Elementary School, Midland. Minnesota. Neil B. Witikko, Hermantown High School, Hermantown. Mississippi. Martha G. Hutson, Sumner Hill Junior High School, Clinton. Missouri. Carol Sue Reimann, Charles C. Clippard Elementary School, Cape Girardeau. Montana. Patty Holmes Myers, Lewis & Clark Elementary School, Great Falls. Nebraska. Patricia A. Randolph, Scottsbluff High School, Scottsbluff. Nevada. Bonnie Parnell, Carson Middle School, Carson City. New Hampshire. Vicki A. Donovan, Belmont Elementary School, Belmont.
New Jersey. Beth Rose Neiderman, Mary S. Shoemaker School, Woodstown. New Mexico. Carolyn Foster, R. M. James Elementary School, Portales. New York. Selina Akua Ahoklui, Erasmus Hall High School for Business and Technology, Brooklyn. North Carolina. Julian L. Coggins Jr., Mount Pleasant High School, Mount Pleasant. North Dakota. Vickie L. Boutiette, Westside Elementary School, West Fargo. Northern Mariana Islands. Sanh Chiet Lim, Oleai Elementary School, Saipan. Ohio. William K. Richey, Xenia High School, Xenia. Oklahoma. Kay A. Long, Broken Arrow Senior High School, Broken Arrow. Oregon. Nicki Gayle Hudson, West Linn High School, West Linn. Pennsylvania. Susan J. Van Zile, Eagle View Middle School, Mechanicsburg.
Puerto Rico. Yolanda Rodriguez Fraticelli, Rafael Hernandez Marin, Rio Piedras. Rhode Island. Maureen Spaight, Edward R. Martin Junior High School, East Providence. South Carolina. Christine S. Fisher, Southside Middle School, Florence. South Dakota. Denise L. Bryan, Belle Fourche Elementary School, Belle Fourche. Tennessee. Linda Arms Gilbert, Black Fox Elementary School, Murfreesboro. Texas. Joe Farley, Fulmore Middle School, Austin. Utah. Sharon Holmstrom, Snowcrest Junior High School, Eden. Vermont. Judith L. Allard, Burlington High School, Burlington.
Virginia. Philip Bigler, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria. Washington. Yvonne L. Ullas, Naches Valley Primary School, Yakima. West Virginia. Susan Lee Barrett, Cherry River Elementary School, Richwood. Wisconsin. Carol J. Banaszynski, Deerfield Community Schools, Deerfield. Wyoming. Mary Ellen Krisko, Worland Middle School, Worland.
Other Honors and Awards
Gery Chico, president of the Chicago School Reform Board of Trustees, was selected by the Illinois State Board of Education as the State's Outstanding School President and was named the recipient of the Thomas Lay Burroughs Award for his contributions in helping to improve Chicago Public Schools.
Belinda McCharon, state school-to-work coordinator for the Oklahoma School-to-Work Office in Stillwater has been named the national Outstanding Vocational Educator for 1998 by the American Vocational Association, Alexandria, Va. She is credited with turning Oklahoma's school-to-work system into one of the best in the nation.
Connie Smithson, a family and consumer sciences teacher at Hickson High School in Hickson, Tenn., has been named the Teacher of the Year for 1998 by the American Vocational Association, Alexandria, Va. She was recognized for her innovative teaching skills and leadership among vocational-technical education teachers.