Honors & Awards

April 11, 2001 6 min read
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The American Association for Career Education, based in Hermosa Beach, Calif., recently announced five recipients of the 2001 Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Career Education. The award honors organizations for innovative programs, practices, or publications that advance career education. The recipients and their programs are as follows:

The Joint Committee on Testing Practices, Washington, for The ABCs of School Testing, a video and guide that assists educators in helping parents understand the value of testing; the Arlington County Coalition for Career Education, Arlington, Va., for its activities to support systemwide career education; the Ball Foundation, Glen Ellyn, Ill., for Getting Started: Talking With Your Child About Career Choices, a program to help parents talk to their children about careers; the Stroudsburg Area School District, Stroudsburg, Pa., for its comprehensive K-12 career education program; and Central Valley High School, Shasta, Calif., for Life’s First Teacher, a program that increases parental involvement in students’ career choices.


American School Board Journal, published by the National School Boards Association, Alexandria, Va., recently announced its 2001 Magna Award winners. The award was given to 23 school district programs that enhance student learning. Among other recognition, the Grand Prize winner received $2,500 and two Citation Award winners received $1,000 in scholarship money.

The Grand Prize winner was Finley School District 53 in Kennewick, Wash., for its Comprehensive Cultural Improvement Advocacy Program, which promotes improvement of the learning environment. The two Citation Award winners were the Topeka (Kan.) Public Schools Unified School District 501 for its efforts to increase the literacy of elementary students, and Hacienda La Puente School District in City of Industry, Calif., for its Environmental Studies Academy at Workman High School, which offers conservation and enviromental-studies instruction.


The National Association of Secondary School Principals, based in Reston, Va., recently announced 16 recipients of Technology Excellence Awards at its annual convention in Phoenix. The awards recognize principals for developing innovative technology intiatives that enhance learning in their schools. Award winners received a trip to the NASSP convention and $500 each toward technology for their schools. Here are the winners, listed by state:

Alabama. Stan Cox, Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School, Montgomery. Arizona. Jane Juliano, Wilson Charter High School, Phoenix. Arkansas. Sylvia Reynolds, Soldotna High School, Soldotna. Florida. Jackie Cornelius, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Jacksonville. Kansas. Kenneth Tarrant, Humboldt High School, Humboldt. Maryland. Adrianne Kaufman, Mount Hebron High School, Ellicott City. Massachusetts. Cheryl Forster, Ipswich High School, Ipswich; William Sangster, Ashland Middle School, Ashland.

Michigan. Mitch Ritter, Clintondale Senior High School, Clinton Township; Sister Mary Elena Sabalausky, Divine Child High School, Dearborn. New Jersey. Robert Roggenstein, McNair Academic High School, Jersey City. Ohio. Russell Chaubody, Green Middle School, Green; Dianna Lindsay, Worthington-Kilbourne High School, Columbus. Oregon. Lynda Firth, Springfield Middle School, Springfield. Tennessee. Edd Diden, Wartburg Central High School, Wartburg; Warren Hill, Central High School, Harrison.


TIME for Kids magazine recently named 27 recipients of the Chevy Malibu Teaching Excellence Awards, which honor teachers who provide high-quality and innovative instruction. Sheree Rensel, Hamilton Disston School, St. Petersburg, Fla., the Grand Prize winner, will receive a 2001 Chevy Malibu and $2,000 for her classroom. Darrell S. Woods, Jackson High School, Massillon, Ohio, the First Prize winner, will receive a trip to New York City, a visit to Time Inc., and $1,000 for his classroom. All winners will receive free class subscriptions to TIME for Kids, a plaque, and will be featured in the April 27 issue of TIME for Teachers. Here are the 25 regional winners, listed by state:

Connecticut. Karen Schultz, Holmes Elementary School, Darien. Florida. Wendy Doromal, University High School, Orlando; Michael Berg, Lake Worth Middle School, Lake Worth; Robert W. Johnson, Port Charlotte High School, Port Charlotte; Denise Rambach, Robert E. Lee High School, Jacksonville. Georgia. Sherry Adams, Kimberly Elementary School, Atlanta. Illinois. Colleen Ann Cazolas, Half Day School, Lincolnshire. Indiana. Geeana Baggett, Union Center Elementary School, Valparaiso. Iowa. Lisa Arnold, Riverview Elementary School, Sioux City. Kansas. Larry Criddle, Hillsdale Elementary School, Hillsdale. Maine. Richard N. Lord Jr., Presque Isle High School, Presque Isle.

Michigan. Michael Sinclair, Kalamazoo Math and Science Center, Kalamazoo. New Jersey. Frances Spielhagen, Vernon Township High School, Vernon. New York. Keith Schiebel, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill School, Verona; Robert Hughes, Wayland-Cohocton Central School, Wayland. Oklahoma. Emily Wood, Heritage Academy, Tulsa; Irene Runnels, Cache High School, Cache; James Calaway, MacArthur Junior High School, Lawton. Oregon. Lori Evans, Glenn D. Hale School, Eagle Point. South Carolina. Cristi W. McCollum, Bookman Road Elementary School, Elgin; Mitzi Crawford, Whitesville Elementary School, Moncks Corner. Tennessee. Penny B. Ferguson, Maryville High School, Maryville. Texas. Francisco Guajardo, Edcouch-Elso High School, Edcouch. Utah. Barbara McKeown, Uintah Elementary School, Salt Lake City. Virginia. Patricia Jones, Battlefield Park Elementary School, Mechanicsville.


The William E. Simon Foundation, based in New York City, named the recipients of two awards last month. John T. Walton, a director of Wal-Mart Stores, received the 2001 William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership for his help in founding the Children’s Scholarship Fund, a program that awards scholarships for private school to low-income families. The prize is valued at $250,000, to be given to the charity or charities of the recipient’s choice. Peter M. Flanigan, financier and an advisor of USB Warburg LLC, received the 2001 William E. Simon Prize for Social Entrepreneurship for creating the Student/Sponsor Partnership, a program that matches low-income children with sponsors who provide financial aid and mentoring. The foundation gives $250,000 to the prize recipient for his unrestricted use.


The National Parks Conservation Association won StudyWeb’s Academic Excellence Award for its Web site, The site was recognized for its educational resources and content. The site will be featured on

Providian Financial Corp. was recently named the Corporate Advocate of the Year by the Child Welfare League of America, based in Washington. Providian was honored for providing high-quality, affordable child care for underserved populations through the company’s child-care initiative.

Sue Casker, a teacher at Connoquenessing Valley Elementary School, Zelienople, Pa., recently won the 2000 Lloyd Reuss Award from the Warrendale, Pa.-based Society of Automotive Engineers for innovation in science teaching and her use of the SAE’s “A World in Motion: Challenge 1" teaching program. She received a plaque and $1,000 for herself and the same amount for her school.

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Council of Chief State School Officers last month. The award was given to Sen. Kennedy for his promotion of education and the well-being of children and families during his 38 years in the U.S. Senate.

Gov. Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania and first lady Michele Ridge received the William F. Goodling Literacy Award from the Louisville, Ky.-based National Center for Family Literacy last month. The award recognizes Gov. Ridge’s family-literacy initiatives in Pennsylvania.

A version of this article appeared in the April 11, 2001 edition of Education Week


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