115 Teachers Win McAuliffe Stipends

October 14, 1987 7 min read

Washington--Secretary of Education William J. Bennett has selected 115 teachers for the department’s 1987 Christa McAuliffe Fellowship Program, which honors the New Hampshire teacher who died on the space shuttle Challenger in January 1986.

The fellowship recipients, chosen from 47 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Republic of Palau, are full-time public- or private-school classroom teachers. The fellows were chosen by state panels, which included school administrators, teachers, parents, and others.

Fellowship stipends of up to the national teacher-salary average of $25,313, are awarded the winning teachers for up to 12 months. The winners will apply them to a variety of projects, including research, sabbaticals for study, the development of innovative programs, consultation with other school systems, or model instructional and staff-development programs.

Each McAuliffe fellow has agreed to return to a teaching position in his or her school district, private school, or private-school system for at least two years after completion of the fellowship.

Listed below, by state, are the fellows and the names and locations of their schools or school districts.

Alabama: Melba I. Harris, Fort Payne City Schools, Fort Payne. Alaska: George Guthridge, Bering Strait School District, Gambell. Arizona: Jesse Hise, Phoenix Union High School District #210, Phoenix. Arkansas: Amelia S. Gillman, Fayetteville Public Schools, Fayetteville. California: Nancy M. Ash, Lassen Union High School District, Susanville; Amy A. Ish, Salinas City School District, Salinas; Gloria M. McMillan, San Diego Unified School District, La Jolla; Edna K. DeVore, East Side Union High School District, San Jose; Carolyn S. Willard, Berkeley Unified School District, Berkeley. Colorado: Janis C. May, Adams County District, Northglenn.

Connecticut: Robert W. Mellette, New Haven Public Schools, New Haven. Delaware: Stephanie Gerjovich-Wright, Red Clay Consolidated School District, Wilmington. District of Columbia: Josephine C. Baker, District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington. Florida: Sylvia Gulyer, Citrus County School District, Homosassa; Guy Marwick, Marion County School Board, Silver Springs; Marjorie Nelsen, Seminole County School Board, Longwood. Georgia: Ronald P. Kennedy, Whitfield County Board of Education, Dalton; Fiona G. Page, Gwinnett County Schools, Lawrenceville. Hawaii: Arthur I. Kimura, Hawaii State Department of Education, Honolulu.

Idaho: Charles A. Randolph, Caldwell School District, Caldwell. Illinois: Sandra Flannigan, Batavia District #101, Batavia; Maureen Pletcher, Springfield School District #186, Springfield; Jean M. Settle, Alton Community Unit District #11, Godfrey; Jim Zimmerman, Urbana School District #116, Urbana. Indiana: Diane M. Baran, Southwest Allen County School District, Fort Wayne; Linda S. Young, School Town of Highland School District, Highland. Iowa: A. John Cazannas, Rudd, Rockford, Marble Rock Community School District, Rockford. Kansas: Wendell G. Mohling, Unified School District #512, Shawnee Mission.

Kentucky: Jane S. Sisk, Calloway County School System, Murray. Louisiana: Claudia R. Fowler, University Laboratory School, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge; Leinda Peterman, Concordia Parish School System, Vidalia. Maine: Patricia Jones, School Administrative District #21, Dirigo. Maryland: Carolyn J.G. Coakley, Prince George’s Public School System, Prince George’s County; Barry D. Gelsinger, Carroll County Board of Education, Westminster. Massachusetts: Patricia Foley, Westborough Public School System, Westborough; Marilyn J. Martin, Belmont Public Schools, Belmont.

Michigan: William Feddeler, Sterling Heights School District, Sterling Heights; Susan Goering, Flint Community Schools, Flint; Sharon Newman, Bloomfield Hills School District, West Bloomfield; Beth Yerrick, Comstock Public School System, Comstock. Minnesota: Katherine Kock-Laveen, Independent School District #196, Rosemount; John L. Nyberg, Roseville School District, St. Paul. Mississippi: Jacqueline Rogers, Covington School District, Collins. Missouri: Jeanne B. Crews, Mehlville Reorganized-9 School District, St. Louis; John T. Gibbs, Ralls County Reorganized-II School District, Center; Amy W. Grier, St. Joseph School District, St. Joseph; Susan E. Knell, Webb City Reorganized-7 School District, Webb City; Marilyn J. McWhorter, Clayton School District, Clayton; Brenda L. Pierce, Brittany Woods School, University City; Diana L. Revelle, North St. Francois County Reorganized-I School District, Desloge; Hope R. Seider, Clinton Public School District, Clinton; Kathleen M. Vest, Independence Public School District, Independence. Montana: J. Malcolm Swan; High School District #23, Polson.

Nebraska: James R. Schaffer, Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln. Nevada: Anita R. Fisk, Pershing County School District, Lovelock. New Hampshire: Robert B. Hamblett, Gilford School District, Gilford. New Jersey: Joan O. Preston, Manalapan-Englishtown School District, Freehold; Gloria Sanok, Wayne Public Schools, West Caldwell; Constance Shally, East Windsor Regional School District, Perrineville; Veronica Winkler, Manalapan-Englishtown School District, Lawrenceville. New Mexico: Priscilla P. Fernandez, Los Lunas Public Schools, Los Lunas.

New York: Jean L. Bocian, Archdiocese of New York School District, Yonkers; Clarence Branch Jr., South Orangetown Central Schools, Orangeburg; Evelyn A. Cranston, Hackley School, Tarrytown; Edward F. Duncanson, Pine Bush Central School District, Pine Bush; Susan K. Keenan, Rochester School for the Deaf, Rochester; Kathleen H. Lell, Hamburg Central School District, Hamburg; Nancy E. Seid, Poly Prep Country Day School, Brooklyn; Douglas L. Smith, Sweet Home Central School District, Tonawanda; Jo Ann Sokoloff, Community School District #22, Brooklyn; John J. Zaccara, Port Chester-Rye Unified Free School District, Port Chester. North Carolina: Joan M. Lance, Buncombe County Schools, Asheville; Nancy R. Oakley, Forsyth County Schools, Winston-Salem; Virginia A. Thompson, Carteret County Schools, Atlantic Beach. North Dakota: Margaret E. Johnson, Mt. Pleasant School District #4, Rolla. Oklahoma: Rosemary H. Eskridge, Oklahoma City Public Schools, Oklahoma City. Oregon: Evelyn M. Andrews, Tigard School District #23J, Tigard.

Pennsylvania: Antoinette McGarth, Canon-McMillan School District, Pittsburgh; Robert A. Shaner, South Side Area School District, Hookstown; C. Walter Tremer, Southern Lehigh School District, Coppersburg. South Carolina: James D. Conner, Spartanburg County School District #6, Spartanburg. South Dakota: Gerald E. Loomer, Rapid City Area Schools, Rapid City. Tennessee: Peggy A. Guy, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Nashville; Julia K. Haynes, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Nashville. Texas: Georgia Blythe, Lubbock Independent School District, Lubbock; Jack Hickman, Trinity School, Midland; Sharon L.A. Mitchell, Austin Independent School District, Austin; Alice B. Thurman, Humble Independent School District, Kingwood; Ann Veazey, Northeast Independent School District, San Antonio.

Utah: Calverna Letts, Salt Lake City Public School District, Salt Lake City. Vermont: Gail Pasotti, Northfield School District, Northfield. Virginia: Mary K. Finn, Virginia Beach City Public Schools, Virginia Beach; Shirley I. Woodall, Craig County Public Schools, New Castle. West Virginia: Judy Zizzo, Volga School District, Volga. Wisconsin: Gary Anderson, Sun Prairie Public Schools, Sun Prairie; Catherine Birkett-Bauer, Watertown Unified School District, Watertown; Constance L. Hake, Janesville School District, Janesville; Pamela J. Knudtson, La Crosse School District, La Crosse; Martha M. Kronholm, Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools, Wisconsin Rapids; Kathleen A. Mayer, Berlin Area School District, Berlin; Virginia G. Mitchell, Howard-Suamico School District, Green Bay; Betty J. Olley, St. Leo Grade School, Milwaukee; Judy S. Polley, Oak Creek Franklin School District, Milwaukee; Nancy J. Small, Southern Door County Schools, Sturgeon Bay; Nancy J. Veenendaal, Sun Prairie Public Schools, Sun Prairie. Wyoming: Lois Distad, Natrona County School District #1, Casper.

Fellows Abroad:

American Samoa: Phyllis Lesa, Lupelele Elementary School, American Samoa. Guam: James N. Kessler, Guam School District, Yona. Northern Marianas: Chandra Sekeran, Mariannas High School, Saipan. Palau: Yosko J. Malsol, Bureau of Education, Koror; Ebil J. Tabelak, Bureau of Education, Koror; Debbie S. Tkel, Belau Bureau of Education, Koror. Puerto Rico: Virginia Pereira-Gomez, San Juan II School District, Hato Rey. U.S. Virgin Islands: Gwendolyn Hazard, St. Croix School District, Fredericksted.

A version of this article appeared in the October 14, 1987 edition of Education Week as 115 Teachers Win McAuliffe Stipends