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Honors and Awards

January 28, 2004 6 min read
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The Milken Family Foundation—an independent organization based in Santa Monica, Calif., that supports efforts to improve the quality of life in society— has honored 100 educators with its 2003 National Educator Awards. Each winner will receive a $25,000 award and an expenses-paid trip to Washington to participate in the foundation’s annual conference in May.
The National Educator Award was created to recognize excellent K-12 educators. Recipients are nominated for the award by a panel appointed by each state’s department of education.

The winners are listed below by state.

Alabama: Michael Fletcher, W. P. Davidson High School, Mobile. Alaska: D. Scott Batchelder, Mirror Lake Middle School, Chugiak; Mike Woods, Martin Luther King, Jr. Career Center, Anchorage. Arizona: Sheryl A. Castro, Catalina Foothills High School, Tucson; Patricia Wayne, Kayenta Middle School, Kayenta. Arkansas: Kristy Atkinson Kidd, Dunbar Middle School, Little Rock; Melissa A. Miller, Randall G. Lynch Middle School, Farmington. California: Keith R. Ballard, Montgomery Middle School, San Diego; Nancy Florez-Muro,Lake Center Middle School, Santa Fe Springs; Nader Imad Twal, Millikan High School, Long Beach; Kathleen Vasquez, Phillip and Sala Burton Academic High School, San Francisco. Colorado: Cynthia S. Mason-Corlett, Sierra Middle School, Parker; John C. McCleary,Crowley County Ward Middle School, Ordway. Connecticut: Laurie Pallin, Montville High School, Oakdale; Ross A. Sward, Putnam High School, Putnam. District of Columbia: Kim S. Burke-Ables,Benjamin Banneker Academic High School; Jonathan Jou, Jefferson Junior High School. Florida: David L. Buncher, Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School, Miami; Jonathan Kern,Landon Middle School, Jacksonville; Daniel Mullins, Winter Park Ninth Grade Center, Winter Park; Mary Louise Thoreen, Wilson Middle School, Tampa. Georgia: Marta Ibeth Goodson, Jefferson County High School, Louisville; Carol Ann Hough, Lewis Frasier Middle School, Hinesville. Hawaii: Dewey Gottlieb, Pearl City High School, Pearl City; Elden T. Seta, Moanalua High School, Honolulu. Idaho: Joanna Susan Hicks, Liberty Charter School, Nampa; M. Brad Patzer, Mountainview Alternative High School, Rathdrum; Cindy P. Wilson, Orofino High School, Orofino. Illinois: Carolyn S. Baider, Walter R. Sundling Junior High School, Palatine; Kelly Melissa Wamser, O’Fallon Township High School, O’Fallon. Indiana: Matt Walsh, Brownsburg Jr. High School, Brownsburg; Zoma A. Barrett,Salem Middle School, Salem. Iowa: Russell Adams, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School, Hartley; Sara Coleman, Norwalk High School, Norwalk. Kansas: Charles B. Jenney, Robinson Middle School, Wichita; Jesse Bernal, Garden City High School, Garden City. Kentucky: Rebecca Howard Coleman, Whitesburg High School, Whitesburg; Keith Embry, Oldham County High School, Buckner. Louisiana: Josh Michael Burton, Albany High School, Albany; Phyllis Diecidue, St. Bernard High School, St. Bernard; Amanda S. Mayeaux, Dutchtown Middle School, Geismar. Maine: Anne Brown, King Middle School, Portland; Yoosuf S. Siddiqui, Maine School for Science and Mathematics, Limestone. Maryland: Karen K. Luniewski, North Carroll High School, Hampstead; Deborah Grinnage-Pulley, Calvert Middle School, Prince Frederick. Massachusetts: Michael Barton, Greater Lowell Vocational Technical School, Tyngsboro; Timothy Farmer, Remington Middle School, Franklin. Michigan: Leah H. Doster Barnett, Clarence M. Kimball High School, Royal Oak; Paul R. Pioszak, Sault Area High School, Sault Ste. Marie. Minnesota: Susan Henkemeyer,Sauk Rapids-Rice Senior High School, Sauk Rapids; Natalie Rasmussen, North High School, Minneapolis. Mississippi: Kim LaFontaine, Pearl High School, Pearl; Ellen Shelton Richey, Tupelo High School, Tupelo. Missouri: Karen LaFever, Parkway Central Middle School, Chesterfield; Linda Sarver, North Daviess High School, Jameson. Montana: Thomas Andres, St. Labre Catholic Indian School, Ashland; Alyson M. Mike, East Valley Middle School, East Helena. Nebraska: Terry Ann Fischer, Westside High School, Omaha; Jami Jo L. Thompson, Beatrice Middle School, Beatrice. Nevada: Joanne E. Ho, Clark High School, Las Vegas; Julie Reid, Eagle Valley Middle School, Carson City. New Hampshire: Amy Lynn Woods, Nashua High School North, Nashua; Kelly Giguere, Londonderry Senior High School, Londonderry. New Jersey: Amy Biasucci, Cranford High School, Cranford; Beverly R. Plein, Cresskill Jr./Sr. High School, Cresskill. New Mexico: Katarina Sandoval, South Valley Academy, Albuquerque. North Carolina: Christopher J. Monte, J. F. Webb High School, Oxford; Amy Vaughn, Freedom High School, Morganton. North Dakota: Allen Donald Giese, Wahpeton High School, Wahpeton. Ohio: Marti Lynn Kendinger, Colerain High School, Cincinnati; Wayne Nirode, Troy High School, Troy. Oklahoma: Darryl W. Andrews, Yukon High School, Yukon; Kasandra Lovell, Spiro High School, Spiro. Oregon: Mari Brabbin, Eagle Point High School, Eagle Point; Drea Ferguson, Newberg High School, Newberg. Pennsylvania: Jason Clark Drake, Maplewood Junior-Senior High School, Guys Mills; Christopher W. Mazzino, West Scranton High School, Scranton. Rhode Island: Mary Ann Guerin, Cumberland Middle School, Cumberland; Charles Myers, Woonsocket Career and Technical Center, Woonsocket. South Carolina: Cliff B. Barrineau, Hand Middle School, Columbia; David C. O’Shields,Bell Street Middle School, Clinton. South Dakota: Sherri Becker, Mitchell Middle School, Mitchell; Chad A. Caldwell, Brookings High School, Brookings. Tennessee: Louis Gallo, West High School, Knoxville; Tracy L. Hoilman, Unicoi County High School, Erwin. Texas: Billie B. Briggs, Cobb 6th Grade Campus, Houston; Jonathan S. Harris, Anderson High School, Austin; Clyde E. Lehmann, Northside Health Careers High School, San Antonio; Skip Moran, Highland Park High School, Dallas. Utah: David Michael Van Dijk, Pleasant Grove High School, Pleasant Grove. Virginia: Raegan Rangel, Frederick County Middle School, Winchester; Alex Carter,C. D. Hylton High School, Woodbridge. Washington: Kimberly Ellett, Lewisville Middle School, Battle Ground; Tamela Nesting,Mariner High School, Everett. West Virginia: Eric Kincaid, Monongalia High School, Morgantown; Vaughn G. Rhudy,Shady Spring High School, Shady Spring. Wisconsin: James Doucette, Franklin High School, Franklin; Edward Holmes, James C. Wright Middle School, Madison. Wyoming: April A. Caudill, Rock Springs High School, Rock Springs; Deann E. Eisenhart,Central High School, Cheyenne

MetLife Foundation Teacher Awards

The MetLife Foundation, the charitable arm of the New York City-based Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, recently awarded ten teachers and their schools with its Teacher Ambassador Award. The award recognizes high school teachers who are active community members. A student nominates each teacher. Each honoree receives a $1,500 cash prize and a $3,000 grant. In addition, the recipient’s school receives a $3,000 grant.
Winners are listed below alphabetically.

Michelle Butler, Central High School, Tulsa, Okla.; Jack Giles, Northside College Preparatory High School, Chicago; Emma J. Johnson, Spingarn High School, Washington; Sadie Kimbrew, Gardena High School, Los Angeles; Claudia M. Kirkley, Preparatory Center High School, Philadelphia; Gary Todd Long, Plant City High School, Tampa, Fla.; Marsha Sakwa, Detroit School for the Fine and Performing Arts, Detroit; Adam Stonehill, Townsend Harris High School, New York City; Cheri Wright, Career Education Center, Denver; Kathleen Wurn, Medina Valley High School, San Antonio.

Other Honors and Awards

Wendy Kopp, the founder and president of Teach For America, has received the Clinton Center Award for Leadership and National Service, which honors people who advocate for and try to bring about improvements in civic life and service.
Former President Bill Clinton presented the award to Ms. Kopp last month.
Teach for America was founded in 1989 and serves as a national teacher recruitment program in which college graduates teach for two years in schools in poor communities.

A version of this article appeared in the January 28, 2004 edition of Education Week

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