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1998 DISTINGUISHED PRINCIPALS

The National Distinguished Principals Program, sponsored by the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the U.S. Department of Education, each year names elementary and middle school principals of the year from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, private schools, and the U.S. departments of Defense and State schools. The honorees are listed below by state or other category.

Alabama. Douglas L. Ragland, Western Heights Elementary School, Eufala.
Alaska. Roderick M. Lass Jr., West Homer Elementary School, Homer.
Arizona. Theresa Eisenberg, Littleton Elementary School District #65, Cashion.
Arkansas. Donald G. Johnson, Elmdale Elementary School, Springdale.
California. Sharon R. Millen, Pearblossom Elementary School, Pearblossom.

Colorado. Nancy J. Saltzman, Broadmoor Elementary School, Colorado Springs.
Connecticut. Cynthia Q. Johnson, Casimir Pulaski School, Meriden.
Delaware. Jeanel D. Starling, Lulu M. Ross Elementary School, Milford.
District of Columbia. Burnell E. Holland, Park View Elementary School, Washington.
Florida. John A. Rudzik, Grand Avenue Elementary School, Orlando.
Georgia. Charles T. Daniel Jr., Oak Grove Elementary School, Acworth.
Hawaii. Valerie S. Capellas, Keonepoko Elementary School, Pahoa.
Idaho. Darrell J. Hatfield, White Pine Intermediate School, Burley.
Illinois. James J. Rupert, Nokomis North Elementary School, Nokomis.
Indiana. Gregory D. Wilson, Memorial Elementary School, Valparaiso.
Iowa. Greg A. Robinson, Jensen Elementary School, Urbandale.
Kansas. Janet S. Broers, Sunflower Elementary School, Lawrence.

Kentucky. David A. Eakles, Lost River Elementary School, Bowling Green.
Louisiana. Donna J. Baker, Eden Gardens Elementary School, Shreveport. Maine. Carol E. MacRae, Mills Lane School, Bucksport.
Maryland. Carol M. Young, Hillcrest Elementary School, Frederick.
Massachusetts. Eileen D. Woods, South Elementary School, Andover.
Michigan. Kathlynn A. Markel, Dean A. Naldrett Elementary School, New Baltimore.
Minnesota. Craig H. Kay, Dassel Elementary School, Dassel.

Mississippi. Rebecca D. Morgan, Otken Elementary School, McComb.
Missouri. H. Claire Conway, Brennan Woods Elementary School, High Ridge.
Montana. Tammy L. Lacey, Fairfield Elementary School, Fairfield.
Nebraska. Jerry W. Gloystein, Windy Hills Elementary School, Kearney.
Nevada. Karen A. McVeigh, Helen Herr Elementary School, Las Vegas.
New Hampshire. Joseph J. Voci, Josiah Bartlett Elementary School, Bartlett.

New Jersey. Nancy G. Richmond, Amsterdam Elementary School, Belle Mead.
New Mexico. Bernice F. Bryant, Sierra Elementary School, Alamogordo.
New York. Nola A. Bacci, West End School, Lynbrook.
North Carolina. Marianne C. Hickman, Olde Providence School, Charlotte.
North Dakota. Louise M. Daris, Westside Elementary School, West Fargo.
Ohio. Sherry V. Parr, Reading Central Elementary School, Reading.
Oklahoma. William R. Powell, Clegern Elementary School, Edmond.
Oregon. Candace A. Beck, Buckman Elementary School, Portland.

Pennsylvania. Wayne R. McAllister, Garrettford Elementary School, Drexel Hill.
Rhode Island. Charles E. Meyers, Frenchtown School, East Greenwich.
South Carolina. Catherine V. Watson, Ravenel Elementary School, Seneca.
South Dakota. Janet M. Luce, Rapid Valley Elementary School, Rapid City.
Tennessee. Thomas E. Hughes, Howard Elementary School, Gallatin.
Texas. Sandra L. Love, Henry M. Bell Elementary School, Tyler.
Utah. Marilyn M. Burningham, Riverside Elementary School, West Jordan.
Vermont. Lanning G. Nicoloff, Sharon Elementary School, Sharon.

Viriginia. Alice M. Waddell, Natural Bridge Elementary School, Natural Bridge Station.
Washington. Sheryl L. Harmer, Glenridge Elementary School, Renton.
West Virginia. Harold J. Cunningham, Petersburg Elementary School, Petersburg.
Wisconsin. Arthur W. Prosek, Spring Road Elementary School, Neenah.
Wyoming. Kareen M. Bangert, Wagonwheel Elementary School, Gillette.
U.S. Virgin Islands. Rosalia Frazer Payne, Edith L. Williams Elementary School, St. Thomas.

Private Schools. Joan M. Bransfield, School of St. Mary, Lake Forest, Ill.; Perry A. Bresemann, St. Lorenz Lutheran School, Frankenmuth, Mich.; Barbara A. Davis, St. Mary School, Shelby, Ohio; Karen P. Fasanella, Our Lady of the Magnificat, Kinnelon, N.J.; James Michael Jordan, David Lipscomb Middle School, Nashville, Tenn.

U.S. Department of Defense Dependents' Schools. Wilma F. Holt, Verona American School, Verona, Italy; Judith R. Novicki, William E. Russell Elementary School, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

U.S. Department of State Overseas Schools. John M. Nordquist, Anglo-American School, St. Petersburg, Russia; Michael D. Popinchalk, International School of Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies.

1998 MILKEN EDUCATORS

The National Educator Awards Program, sponsored by the Milken Family Foundation, recently awarded $25,000 each to 160 educators in 38 states. The award provides public and financial recognition to teachers, principals, and other education professionals who are advancing excellence in schools. Awardees are listed below by state.

Alabama. Tammy Alexander, Lynn Fanning Elementary School, Meridianville; Stanley Cox, Baldwin Academics and Arts Magnet School, Montgomery; Ron Dodson, Hoover High School, Hoover; Wanda Emblom, Northview High School, Dothan; Scott Nelson, Baker High School, Mobile; Oveta Pearce, Harrand Creek Elementary School, Enterprise.
Alaska. Mary Johnstone, Susitna Elementary School, Anchorage; Okalena Morgan, Auntie Mary Nicoli Elementary School, Anlak; JoEllen Solmonson, Bear Valley Elementary School, Anchorage; Keith Zamudio, White Cliff Elementary School, Ketchikan.

Arizona. Deborah Benedict, Desert Vista High School, Phoenix; Martha Braly, Montebello School, Phoenix; Esther Brown, Williams Elementary-Middle School, Williams; Leona Jayne Carper, Madison Number One Middle School, Phoenix; Patrick Murdoch, Young Public School, Young; Manuel Valenzuela, Walter Douglas Elementary School, Tucson.
Arkansas. Sandra Eldridge, Clinton Magnet Elementary School, Sherwood; Judy Koons, M.D. Williams Intermediate School, Pocahontas; Wanda O'Quinn, Perritt Primary School, Arkadelphia; Candy Tennison, University Heights Elementary School, Jonesboro.

California. Jessie Andrade, Olivewood Elementary School, National City; Marsha Jan Duke, John Adams Elementary School, Madera; Linda Fisher, Naranca Elementary School, El Cajon; Bonnie Price, Orange Grove Elementary School, Whittier.
Colorado. Jan Barron, Woodman Center, Colorado Springs; Cristina Gammill, Bill Metz Elementary School, South Fork; Chaurice Lartigue, Oak Creek Elementary School, Colorado Springs; Nancy Stapp, Little Elementary School, Arvada.

Connecticut. Barbara Gordon-Cobb, Martin Luther King Elementary School, Hartford; Plato Karafells, Henry A. Wolcott Elementary School, West Hartford; Susan Pelchat, The Forbes School, Torrington; Diana Proto Avino, Abraham Pierson School, Clinton.
Florida. Herbert Baker, R. Hobbs Middle School, Milton; Debi Barrett-Hayes, Florida State University Developemental Research School, Tallahassee; Catherine Blair, Manhattan Westshore Alliance Choice Elementary School, Tampa; Scott Herbert, Inverness Primary School, Inverness; Mary Mitchell, Florida High School, Orlando; Martha Rahming, Garden City Elementary School, Fort Pierce; Grace Williams, Carter G. Woodson Magnet School, Jacksonville; Rubylinda Zickafoose Palmetto Elementary School, Palmetto.

Georgia. Ken Almon, Norcross Elementary School, Norcross; Andrew Baumgartner, A. Brian Merry Elementary School, Augusta; Deborah Hargroves, Hesse Elementary School, Savannah; Mona Tucker, Nickajack Elementary School, Smyrna.
Hawaii. Anne LeBlanc-Erquiza, Kamiloiki Elementary School, Honolulu; Kathleen Nagaji, Pearl Ridge Elementary School, Alea, Jane Serikaku, Iliahi Elementary School, Wahiawa; Irene Yamashita, Kapunahala Elementary School, Kaneohe.
Illinois. Karen Combs, Dahlgren Elementary School, Dahlgren; Francine Johnson, Oscar Stanton DePriest School, Chicago; Jenny Middleton, Lebanon Grade School, Lebanon; Emily Myers, Windson Elementary School, Arlington Heights.

Indiana. Stacey Atwood, Washington Township Elementary School, Valparaiso; Rick Crosslin, Chapel Glen Elementary School, Indianapolis; Cathlin Gray, Cedar Hall Elementary School, Evansville; Tammy Payton, Loogootee West Elementary School, Loogootee.
Iowa. Janis Brendeland, Central Elementary School, Nevada; Judith Brueggeman, Harris-Lake Park Elementary School, Harris; Jull Goerend, Fayette Elementary School, Fayette; Tim Tutt, Hanawalt Elementary School, Des Moines.
Kansas. Laura Caillouet, Jefferson Elementary School, Iola; Kathi Flexman, Mission Trail Elementary School, Leawood; Janet Jards, Auburn Elementary School, Auburn; Janet Jump, Lincoln Elementary School, Wichita.

Kentucky. Cathy Bell, Veterans Park Elementary School, Lexington; Gwen Ferguson, Hattie C. Warner Elementary School, Nicholasville; Freda McNew, Salyersville Grade School, Salyersville; Mary Ann Payton, Central City Elementary School, Central City.
Maine. Margaret Beaulier, Drowne Road School, Cumberland Center; Joni Cooke, Leeds Central School, Leeds; Gail Gibson, Mapleton Elementary School, Mapleton; Barbara Kelley, Vine Street School, Bangor.
Maryland. Teri Burdette, Lucy Barnsley Elementary School, Rockville;
Roberta Leaverton, Queen Anne's Public Schools, Centreville; Richard Melzer, Kenilworth Elementary School, Bowie; Stephanie Terry, Ashburton Elementary-Middle School, Baltimore.
Massachusetts. Wayne Boisselle, Dawson Elementary School, Holden; William Henderson Jr., Patrick O'Hearn Elementary School, Dorchester; Susan Pandiani, Ella F. Hoxie School, Buzzards Bay; Sheila Smith-McAdams, Winthrop Elementary School, Ipswich.

Michigan. Phyllis Adkins, Cory Elementary School, Romulus; Katherine Grzeslak, Eastlawn Elementary School, Midland; Maggie Tiller, Bates Elementary School, Iron River; Jordy Whitmer, Birmingham Covington School, Bloomfield Hills.
Minnesota. Brad Board, Deephaven Elementary School, Deephaven; Jana Larson, Sawtooth Elementary School, Grand Marais; Matt Naugle, Prairie Wind Middle School, Perham; Sheila Smith, Frost Lake Magnet School of Technology, St. Paul.
Mississippi. Kathy Brookshire, Poplar Springs Elementary School, Meridian; Charlotte Cornish, Ackerman Elementary School, Ackerman; Helen Milloy, Hopewell Elementary School, Collins; Edna Waller, Magnolia Park Elementary School, Ocean Springs.
Missouri. Kimberly Grempler, Bayless Elementary School, St. Louis; Pamela Holmes, Helen Mathews Elementary School, Nixa; Nelson Madden, Washington Elementary School, Sedalia; Patty Morrow, Moreau Heights Elementary School, Jefferson City.

Montana. Betty Darr, Swan River School, Bigfork; Barby Judge, Dillon Elementary School, Dillon; Elaine Meeks, Cherry Valley Elementary School, Polson; Patty Myers, Lewis and Clark Elementary School, Great Falls.
Nebraska. Jean LaGrone, Westgate Elementary School, Omaha; Julie Martin, Seedling Mile Elementary School, Grand Island; Audrey Samuelson, York Elementary School, York; Robert Ziegler, Roosevelt Elementary School, Scottsbluff.
Nevada. Jane Davidsaver, Winnemucca Grammar School, Winnemucca; James Gilboy, Grass Valley Road Elementary School, Winnemucca; Bradley Reitz, Selma F. Bartlett Elementary School, Henderson; Kathleen Rice, Marvin Moss Elementary School, Sparks.
New Mexico. Juliette Benavidez, New Blue Intermediate School, Los Lunas; Debra Gurule, Cuba Elementary School, Cuba; Mary McAfee, Zuni Elementary Magnet School, Albuquerque; Deborah Pardue, Yucca Elementary School, Artesia.

North Carolina. Deborah Blizard, Jacksonville Commons School, Jacksonville; Susan Bradburn, West Marion Elementary School, Marion; Melissa McKeown, Elon College Elementary School, Elon College; Michael McLeod, Wadesboro Elementary School, Wadesboro.
North Dakota. Vickie Boutiette, Westside Elementary School, West Fargo; Virginia Saathoff, Lincoln Elementary School, Minot; Wayne Strand, Central Elementary School, Tioga; Nancy Walker, Killdeer Public School, Killdeer.
Ohio. Henri Bradshaw, Silverton Elementary School, Cincinnati; Shirley Curtis, Freedom Elementary School, West Chester; Stephen McDougle, Phillips Elementary School, Marietta; Elizabeth Perkins, Arcanum Elementary School, Arcanum.

Oregon. Debra Gaffney, Oceanlake Elementary School, Lincoln City; David Gordon, Westridge Elementary School, Westfir; Sharon Poteet, St. Mary's Public Elementary School, Mount Angel; Michael Tomlinson, Bridgeport Elementary School, Tualatin.
Pennsylvania. Kenneth Borland, Walnut Creek Middle School, Fairview; Linda Chronister, Leacock Elementary School, Gordonville; Barbara New, Pioneer Education Center, Pittsburgh; Yvonne Weaver, Trinity East Elementary School, Washington.
Rhode Island. Linda Bello, Oak Lawn School, Cranston; Mary Lou Watlter-Harrison, Clayville Elementary School, Clayville; Barry Ricci, Western Coventry Elementary School, Coventry; Kathleen Ward-Bowen, Narragansett Elementary School, Narragansett.

South Carolina. Clavis Anderson, Joseph Keels Elementary School, Columbia; Della Bacote, Gold Hill Elementary School, Fort Mill; Gene Sires, Summerville Elementary School, Summerville; Shirley Willmon, Mauldin Elementary School, Mauldin.
Tennessee. Melvin Blevins, Lincoln Heights Elementary School, Morristown; Kathleen Lange, Norman Smith Elementary School, Clarksville; John Lowrence, Dyersburg Primary School, Dyersburg; Patricia Pursley, Claxton Elementary School, Powell.
Utah. Michelle Evans, Valley Elementary School, Huntsville; Brad Larsen, Valley Elementary School, Huntsville; Cindy Wilkins, Hanksville Elementary School, Hanksville; Victor Williamson, Central Elementary School, Pleasant Grove.

Washington. Evelyn Abernethy, Longfellow Elementary School, Pasco; Alfonso Lopez, Lewis and Clark Elementary School, Wenatchee; Leonora Schmidt, Lister Elementary School, Tacoma; Kelly Starr, Central-Emerson Intermediate Center, Snohomish.
West Virginia. Susan Barrett, Cherry River Elementary School, Richwood; Paulette Cowley, Kasson Elementary-Middle School, Moatsville; Larry Stinn, Pleasant Hill Elementary School, Grantsville; Kathleen White, Harrisville Elementary School, Harrisville.
Wyoming. Suzanne Bledscheld, Desert View Elementary School, Rock Springs; Amy Daley, Verda James Elementary School, Casper; Dave Freeland, Rozet Elementary School, Rozet; Brenton Young, Buffalo Ridge Elementary School, Cheyenne.

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