Honors & Awards

October 22, 1997 8 min read

1997 Distinguished Principals

The U.S. Department of Education and the Variable Annuity Life Insurance Co., have named 60 outstanding elementary and middle school principals from across the nation as 1997 National Distinguished Principals. The winners are listed below by state:

Alabama. Lexie Barnett, Mary B. Austin Elementary School, Mobile. Alaska. Sharon Meacham, Homestead Elementary School, Eagle River. Arizona. Sigmund Boloz, Ganado Primary School, Ganado. Arkansas. James Lewis, Gene George Elementary School, Springdale. California. Jeanie Cash, Richard Henry Lee Elementary School, Los Alamitos. Colorado. Gayle Jones, Silverthorne Elementary School, Silverthorne. Connecticut. Robert Kurlantzick, Union School, Unionville.

Delaware. Anita Thorpe, Harlan Elementary School, Wilmington. District of Columbia. Robert Bracy III, Strong John Thomson School, Washington. Florida. Cathy Valdes, Cleveland Elementary School, Tampa. Georgia. Thomas Cullens, Garrison-Pilcher Elementary School, Thomasville. Hawaii. Ernest Dela Cruz, Elsie H. Wilcox Elementary School, Lihue. Idaho. John Mikkelson, Eliza Hart Spalding Elementary School, Meridian. Illinois. Robert Kenison, Wauconda Grade School, Wauconda. Indiana. Jack Yaggi, Fifth Street Elementary School, Jasper. Iowa. Debra J. Beving, Lincoln Elementary School, Cedar Falls. Kansas. Howard Pitler, L’Ouverture Computer Technology Magnet, Wichita. Kentucky. Donald Lynch, Vine Grove Elementary School, Vine Grove.

Louisiana. Andrea Martin, Winnfield Kindergarten, Winnfield. Maine. Elizabeth Manchester, Mount Ararat Middle School, Brunswick. Maryland. Mary Reeser, White Marsh Elementary School, Trappe. Massachusetts. Steven Silvestri, Westlands School, Chelmsford. Michigan. William McNulty, Mattawan Consolidated School, Mattawan. Minnesota. Diane Trisko, Elton Hills Elementary School, Rochester. Mississippi. Gylde Fitzpatrick, Poplarville Upper Elementary School, Poplarville.

Missouri. Kenneth Rimmer, William Joseph Underwood School, Lee’s Summit. Montana. Jan Riebhoff, Belgrade Intermediate School, Belgrade. Nebraska. Robert Bruckner, Oakdale Elementary School, Omaha. Nevada. Barbara McLaury, Caughlin Ranch Elementary School, Reno. New Hampshire. James Elefante, Matthew Thorton Elementary, Londonderry. New Jersey. Emanuele Triggiano, Lincoln School, Dumont.

New Mexico. June Reed, Roosevelt Elementary School, Gallup. New York. Esther Fusco, Port Jefferson Elementary School, Port Jefferson. North Carolina. Kenneth Turner, North Elementary School, Roxboro. North Dakota. Larry Lynne, Rickard Elementary School, Williston. Ohio. Christine Robertson, Brambie Development Academy, Cincinnati. Oklahoma. Irene Seay, Horace Mann Elementary School, Duncan. Oregon. Stanley Paine, Maple Elementary School, Springfield. Pennsylvania. Cameron F. Bausch, Easterly Parkway Elementary School, St. College. Rhode Island. Bonnie Robinson, Ashaway Elementary School, Ashaway. South Carolina. Edward Sires, Summerville Elementary School, Summerville. South Dakota. Marvin Sharkey, Brandon Elementary School, Brandon. Tennessee. David Moore, Shelby Oaks Elementary School, Memphis. Texas. Alda Benavides, E.B. Reyna Elementary School, La Joya. Utah. Mary Kay Kirkland, Alice C. Harris Intermediate School, Tremonton. Vermont. Daniel Ryan Jr., Rumney Memorial School, Middlesex. Virginia. Janice Marston, Appomattox Elementary School, Appomattox. Washington. Patricia Rylander, Manchester Community School, Port Orchard.

West Virginia. Carol Hager, Madison Middle School, Madison. Wisconsin. James Dimock, Parkview Elementary School, Chippewa Falls. Wyoming. Lynnette Westbrook, Hebard Elementary School, Cheyenne. Private schools. Brenda Feehan, Our Lady of Mercy School, Merced, Calif; Melba Hanssen, St. Paul Lutheran School, Mt. Prospect, Ill.; Kathleen Berlino, St. Mary’s School, Pompton Lakes, N.J.; Sr. Harriet Hamilton, St. Mary’s School, Cortland, N.Y.; William Broderick, River Oaks Baptist School, Houston, Texas. Department of Defense Dependendent’s Schools. Carol George, Hood Street Elementary School, Columbia, S.C.; Edward Drozdowski, Lakenheath Elementary School, Suffolk, England. Department of State Overseas Schools. Moyra Hadley, Overseas School of Columbo, Battaramulla, Sri Lanka; John F. Ritter, American International School, Lusaka, Zambia.

Business Week’s Instructional Innovation Awards

Ten schools have received the 1997 Awards for Instructional Innovation, presented by Business Week magazine. The awards honor schools for their effectiveness in implementing an arts-driven curriculum. The honored institutions are:

Acequia Madre Elementary, Sante Fe, N.M.; Cesar Chavez Elementary, Norwalk, Conn.; Elm Creative Arts School, Milwaukee, Wis.; Fort Hayes Metro Education Center, Columbus, Ohio; Newton D. Baker School of the Arts, Cleveland, Ohio; Redcliffe Elementary School, Aiken, S.C.; Richey Elementary School, Tucson, Ariz.; Washington Irving High School, New York City; W.G. Enloe High School, Raleigh, N.C.; Woodland High School, Woodland, Calif.

Lawry’s Excellence in Education Awards

Lawry’s Foods Inc., has awarded its Excellence in Education Awards to recognize and reward those who have committed themselves to maintaining high academic principles within the Los Angeles Unified School District. The winners are:

Leslie Jamison, Charles Drew Middle School, Teacher of the Year; Catherine Cain-Sumpter, Bret Harte Middle School, Administrator of the Year; Lori Overmyer and Barbara Frazier, Bethune Middle School, Innovative Educator of the Year; and Johnnie Devereaux, Bethune Middle School, Special Recognition of Retired Teacher.

Nortel Excellence in Education Awards

Nortel (Northern Telecom) has recognized 14 teams of educators with the 1997 Nortel Institute for Excellence in Education Awards. Each award is based on the team’s project proposal, which demonstrates innovate ways of using technology to improve teaching and learning effectiveness. The winning projects are listed below.

Adventures in Science: Bayside Secondary School, Belleville, Ontario, Canada; Trenton High School, Trenton, Ontario, Canada; and Hastings County Board of Education, Ontario, Canada.

The World in Our Hands: Brookmeade Elementary School, Nashville, Tenn., and Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. Planet Aid: We Care: William Grenville Davis Senior Public School-Brampton, Ontario, Canada and Peel Board of Education, Ontario, Canada. Building Bridges: The Girl of Today--Scientist of Tomorrow: Earl Grey School, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and Winnipeg School Division #1. Science and MathWorks Pilot Programs: Highland Park Independent School District, Region 10, Dallas, Texas and San Vicente ®¯Independent School District, Big Bend National Park, Texas. Education through Art in the 21st Century: Math, Science, Technology Elementary Magnet School, Richardson, Texas and Richardson Independent School District, Texas. Peer Mentorship Program: Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts, Dallas Texas, and Dallas Public Schools.

Moving the Classroom to the Sporting Venue--Electronically: National Sport School, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and the Calgary Board of Education. Regional Integrated Coastal Zone Management Database: Holy Spirit High School, Manuels CBS, Newfoundland and Avalon East School Board, Newfoundland. Civilizations and their Technologies: Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School, Orleans, Ontario, Canada and Carleton Board of Education. Teacher Technology Training: San Juan Unified School District, Carmichael, Calif. Learning Innovations to Network Knowledge and Skills: Gloucester High School and Emily Carr Middle School, Gloucester, Ontario, Canada, and Carleton Board of Education. Technology Infusion: High School to an Elementary: Nash-Rocky Mount School, Nashville, N.C. Wired for Learning: East Berkshire School District, Maidenhead Berkshire, England.

Prentice Hall/National Middle School Association Teaching Team Awards

Teaching teams from four middle level schools have been awarded the 1997 Prentice Hall/National Middle School Association Teaching Team Award for outstanding “interdisciplinary” projects. The 1997 winners are:

Hudson Middle School, Hudson, Ohio; Georgetown Middle School, Georgetown, Ky.; Gruening Middle School, Eagle River, Alaska; Hillside Avenue School, Cransford, N.J.

Other Honors and Awards

Michael Altman, social studies teacher at Steinmetz High School, Chicago, Ill., has been awarded the Suave Performance Award by the Helene Curtis Co., for his involvement in a number of programs and activities at his school, including the Youth Motivation Program, which brings professionals to the classroom for insight, and the Living History Program, which introduces stduents to individuals who have made or experienced history.

Anne Bryant, executive director, National School Boards Association, has been awarded the 1997 Business Women’s Network Leadership Award for Education.

Alton Crews, former director of the Southern Regional Education Board’s Leadership Academy in Atlanta Ga., has been honored with the 1997 Lamar R. Plunkett Award by for his visionary leadership in education.

Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts senator, has received the “I Care” Award presented by the American Association of School Administrators and the American Association of Educational Service Agencies, for his determination to pass a child health initiative.

Patricia Ann Killian, high school french teacher, Eastside High School, Gainesville, Fla., has received the 1997 Marcellus Waddill Excellence in Teaching Award, sponsored by Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C..

Ellen Carole Stanley, multi-grade elementary school teacher, Richey Elementary School, Newport, Del., has been awarded the 1997 Marcellus Waddill Excellence in Teaching Award, sponsored by Wake Forest University.

Eleanor D. Stewart, chorus director and cultural arts coordinator at Powell Elementary School in Washington, D.C., has been awarded the 1997 Excellence in Teaching Award by the National Council of Negro Women Inc.

Conifer High School, Jefferson County, Colo., has been awarded the 1997 James D. MacConnell Award for excellence in school design by the Council of Educational Facility Planners International.