Honors & Awards

March 29, 2000 8 min read


The American Association of School Administrators has announced the Superintendents of the Year for 2000. The honorees for the annual award, co- sponsored by the ServiceMaster Co., a commercial cleaning company, are chosen by state panels. Each winner received a medallion and a plaque. F. Donald Saul of Colorado was named the National Superintendent of the Year. The honorees and their school districts are listed below by state:

Alabama. Leon Hobbs, Dothan City Schools. Alaska. Mary A. Francis, Petersburg City School District. American Association of Independent Educators(representing American educators overseas) .Everett McGlothlin, American Society School, Lahore, Pakistan. Arizona. Rene X. Diaz, Phoenix Union High School District. Arkansas. Dan Shepherd, Marion School District. California. James R. Brown, Glendale Unified School District

Colorado. F. Donald Saul, Thompson School District, Loveland. Connecticut. Carol A. Harrington, Fairfield Public Schools. Delaware. David C. Campbell, Colonial School District, New Castle. Department of Defense Dependents Schools. Candace Ransing, DoDDS Italy District. Florida. John Long, District School Board of Pasco County, Land O’Lakes.

Georgia. Allene H. Magill, Forsyth County School System, Cumming. Idaho. Bedford Boston, Wilder School District No. 133. Illinois. Gerald D. Chapman, Township High School District 211, Palatine. Indiana. Donald R. Yeoman, Tri-Creek School Corp., Lowell.

Iowa. Harold D. Prior, Algona Community Schools, Algona. Kansas. Milton Pippenger, Garden City Unified School Distrcit No. 457, Garden City. Kentucky. Bernard J. Sandfoss, Southgate Independent School District. Louisiana. Jude W. Theriot, Calcasieu Parish School System, Lake Charles. Maine. Wesley E. Kennedy, Maine School Administrative District No. 35, Eliot.

Maryland. Jack D. Dale, Frederick County Public Schools, Frederick. Massachussetts. Gerald Croteau, Taunton Public School System. Michigan. Seymour Gretchko, West Bloomfield School District. Minnesota. Laverne Lageson, Independent School District No. 727, Big Lake.

Mississippi. P. Kenneth Quinn, New Albany Public School District. Missouri. Paul James, Fort Osage R-I School District, Independence.

Montana. Conrad Robertson, Lewistown Public Schools. Nebraska. Stephen C. Joel, Beatrice Public Schools District No. 15, Beatrice. Nevada. Marcia R. Bandera, Elko County School District.

New Hampshire. Dennis J. Pope, Bedford School District. New Jersey. Joseph M. Ferraina

City of Long Branch Public Schools. New Mexico. Randy Fowler, Eunice Public Schools. New York. Donald E. Weber, New York City Board of Education, Community School District 21, Brooklyn. North Carolina. Ann T. Denlinger, Durham Public Schools. North Dakota. Kent Hjelmstad, Mandan Public School District.

Ohio. Janet Baker, Hamilton City School District. Oklahoma. Tom Crimmins, Elgin Public Schools. Oregon. Craig Roessler, Silver Falls School District, Silverton. Pennsylvania. Wayne W. Doyle, Hempfield Area School District, Greensburg. Rhode Island. Robert J. Shapiro, Warwick Public School System.

South Carolina. Paul A. Shaw, York County School District One, York. South Dakota. Tim H. Creal, New Underwood School District 51-3. Tennessee. Jessie S. Strickland, Elizabethton City Schools. Texas. Cathy Bryce, Weatherford Independent School District. Utah. Barry L. Newbold, Jordan School District, Sandy. Virginia. Stewart D. Roberson, Hanover County Schools, Ashland. Washington. Karen A. Forys, Northshore School District, Bothell.

West Virginia. Stephen L. Baldwin, Greenbrier County Schools, Lewisburg. Wisconsin. John Box, Mequon- Thiensville School District, Mequon. Wyoming. Stanley J. Olson, Natrona County School District No. 1, Casper.


Ten elementary school teachers have been honored with this year’s Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, an award for Chicago-area educators sponsored by the Golden Apple Foundation, Northwestern University, and WTTW, a Chicago public-television station. This year’s honorees will each receive a tutition-free sabbatical at Northwestern University next fall, a personal computer, and $2,500. The winners and their schools are:

Carl R. Berg, 5th grade teacher, Sherwood Elementary School, Highland Park; Karla Kelly Daye, 2nd grade teacher, Farren Elementary School, Chicago; Sharon J. Frost, 1st grade teacher, Norwood Park Elementary School, Chicago; Lucy Catherine Klocksin, reading teacher, Boone Elementary School, Chicago; Jane Therese Klunk, special education teacher, Walter S. Christopher School, Chicago; Sandra Ann Kuchler, physical education teacher, Hanover Highlands Elementary School, Hanover Park.

Richard Paul Marecek, 4th and 5th grade teacher, Forest Elementary School, Des Plaines; Mireya Mata-Donnelly, kindergarten teacher, Irma Ruiz Elementary School, Chicago; Jill Janice Sontag, 3rd grade teacher, Inter-American Magnet School, Chicago; Cissy Ann Sullivan, kindergarten teacher, Hale Elementary School, Schaumburg.


American School Board Journal, a publication of the National School Boards Assocation, and Sodexho Marriott School Services, an arm of Sodexho Marriott Services Inc. food services, have announced the winners of the Magna Awards for 2000. The awards recognize programs that advance student learning.

The grand-prize winner of $2,500 in scholarship money is the Nickerson-South Hutchinson Unified School District No. 309 in Hutchinson, Kan., for its Collaborative Learning Academies program, in which school board members teamed up with neighboring districts to develop nontraditional classrooms to reach more students.

The two citation winners, which each received $1,000 in scholarship money, are the Worcester County school system in Newark, Md., for its Project Outreach, and the Jefferson County, Ky., school system for the preschool program Project Jump Start.

The other winners are listed below by state:

California. Keeping PACE Mentor Program, San Dieguito Union High School District, Encinitas; Project LemonLINK, Lemon Grove School District; Santa Paula High School Agriculture/Science Academy, Santa Paula. Florida. Shared Services Network for Violence Prevention, Santa Rosa County School District, Milton. Kentucky. Graduation 2010, Daviess County Public Schools, Owensboro.

Idaho. Standardized Timed Curriculum, Twin Falls School District. Illinois. Lincoln Prairie School- A School of Choice, Schaumburg Township School District No. 54. Massachusetts. Virtual High School, Hudson Public Schools. Michigan. Kaizen and Kids, Macomb Intermediate School District, Clinton Township. School Spirit!!!, Jenison Public Schools.

Minnesota. Burnsville High School Senior Campus, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Public Schools. Mississippi. Moving Students Toward a Global Community, Tupelo Public School District. Nebraska. Collaborative Partnerships, Laurel- Concord Public School, Laurel. New Jersey. The Goodie Bag Project, Midland Park Public Schools.

New York. Sound Shore Medical Center/Isaac Young Middle School Collaboration, City School District of New Rochelle. Ohio. Champions for Children, Port Clinton City School; Perritech—Allowing Students to Reach the Top, Perry Public Schools. Texas. Abolishing Social Promotion, Waco Independent School District. Washington. Garfield Palouse Cooperative, Palouse. Wisconsin. Education for Healthy Kids, Appleton Area School District, Appleton.

The following programs were awarded honorable mentions:

Indiana. AIMe for Success, Westfield Washington Schools, Westfield. Pennsylvania. Putting the Best of Private Practices Into Public Education To Raise Student Achievement, Marple Newton School District, Newton Square. North Carolina. Character Education, Guilford County, Greensboro; Web Academy, Cumberland County Schools, Fayetteville. Virginia. Budget Focus Groups, Fairfax County Public Schools; Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration, Franklin County Public Schools, Rocky Mount.


Scott Foresman, a publisher of elementary education curriculum materials, and the National Teachers Hall of Fame recently announced the recipients of this year’s Scott Foresman National Teacher Awards. The winners were selected based on their creativity, dedication, and skill in teaching their students to read. The winners will be recognized in the National Teachers Hall of Fame in Emporia, Kan., and will receive trips to the International Reading Association convention in Indianapolis. The honorees’ schools will each receive $1,000 in materials from Scott Foresman. The winners and the grades they teach are as follows:

Patricia F. Clark, 1st grade, Alden Terrace School, North Valley Stream, N.Y.; Carolyn M. Daniels, 6th grade, Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, Meriden, Conn.; Maria Davis, 6th grade, Bramble Academy, Cincinnati; Marilyn M. Hubler, 1st grade, Montclair Elementary School, Portland, Ore.; Martie Lennon, 1st grade, Virginia Lake School, Palatine, Ill.; Sandra Dee McCormick, 2nd grade, W.H. Knuckles Elementary School, Lumberton, N.C.; Laura Marie Peña, 3rd grade, Kruse Elementary, Pasadena, Texas; Ruby Tanguma, kindergarten, Pierce Primary School, Bay City, Texas; Nancy Tracy, kindergarten, Lang Ranch Elementary School, Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Brenda Jo York, 5th grade, Tommy Smith Elementary School, Panama City, Fla.


Alma Flor Ada, professor of education, University of San Francisco, and author of Under the Royal Palms: A Childhood in Cuba, has been named the winner of the Pura Belpre Award, a biennial award co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, and the National Association to Promote Library Services to the Spanish Speaking, an ALA affiliate. The award honors a Latino or Latina writer of children’s books.

Craig Wolter, 8th and 9th grade science teacher, Windom (Mass.) Middle School, has won the Vincent J. Marteka Jr. Award for Creative Science Teaching. The Weekly Reader Corp., publisher of Current Science, and the National Middle Level Science Teachers Association, an affiliate of the Arlington, Va.-based National Science Teachers Association, sponsor the award, which carries a $2,500 prize.

A version of this article appeared in the March 29, 2000 edition of Education Week