Honors & Awards

May 02, 2001 6 min read
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The Council of Chief State School Officers, based in Washington, has announced the winners of the Teacher of the Year awards from each of the 50 states, five U.S. territories and the Department of Defense school system. The awards are co-sponsored by CCSSO and Scholastic, Inc.

The National Teacher of the Year, named last week, was Michele Forman, Middlebury High School, Middlebury, Vt. She will be released from teaching duties to travel around the country for a year to represent teachers and act as an advocate for the teaching profession.

The national teacher of the year is selected from the state winners. The winners are listed below by state:

Alabama. Tonya Perry, Berry Middle School, Hoover. Alaska. Patricia A. Truman, Palmer Junior Middle School, Palmer. Arizona. John Mulcahy, Peoria High School, Peoria. Arkansas. Marian Faye Fowler Haney, Valley View Elementary School, Jonesboro. California. Scott Charles Malloy, Brea Olinda High School, Brea. Colorado. Joan Kniss, Brighton High School, Brighton. Connecticut. Karen M. Rezendes, Alternative Center for Education, Danbury. Delaware. Julia N. Harper, Delmar Middle and Senior High School, Delmar. Department of Defense Education Activity. Millie Harris, Stowers Elementary School, Fort Benning, Ga. District of Columbia. Mary C. Penn-Beveney, McGogney Elementary School. Florida. Joseph N. Balchunas, Fairway Elementary School, Miramar. Georgia. Mary Wilson Eager, Lumpkin County High School, Dahlonega. Guam. Beverly San Agustin, Simon Sanchez High School, Yigo. Hawaii. Derek K. Minakami, Kailua High School, Kailua.

Idaho. Eileen A. Thornburgh, Silver Sage Elementary School, Boise. Illinois. Mary Jo Ann Crow, Metamora Community Consolidated School District 1, Metamora. Indiana. Kurran Strunk, Muessel Elementary School, South Bend. Iowa. Gail B. Wortmann, Ottumwa High School, Ottumwa. Kansas. Janet S. Lewandowski, Maize East Elementary School, Maize. Kentucky. Harriet Jo Cornwell Biehle, Worthington Elementary School, Worthington. Louisiana. Barbara M. Forshag, E.J. Landry Senior Middle School, Hahnville. Maine. Elaine Hendrickson, Skyway Middle School, Presque Isle. Maryland. Linda K. Storey, River Hill High School, Clarksville.

Massachusetts. Marianne V. Moran, Methuen High School, Methuen. Michigan. Joan Elizabeth Garretson, Pleasant Lake Elementary School, West Bloomfield. Minnesota. Katherine Koch-Laveen, Apple Valley High School, Apple Valley. Mississippi. Jackie F. Parker, Tupelo Middle School, Tupelo. Missouri. Valerie Maxwell, Pattonville Heights Middle School, Maryland Heights. Montana. Roberta Zeal, Muldown Elementary School, Whitefish. Nebraska. Mary Jane Caffey, Valley Middle/High School, Valley. Nevada. Valdine Marie McLean, Pershing County High School, Lovelock. New Hampshire. Suzanne A. Lull, Washington Elementary School, Washington. New Jersey. Barbara Ann LaSaracina, Woodland Elementary School, Warren.

New Mexico. Tommy Villa Esparza III, Jornada Elementary School, Las Cruces. New York. Robin S. Schamberg, Ramapo High School, Spring Valley. North Carolina. Laura Bilbro-Berry, John C. Taylor Elementary School, Washington. North Dakota. Virginia Dietz, Madison Elementary School, Fargo. Northern Mariana Islands. Anna Cabrera Baer, Koblerville Elementary School, Saipan. Ohio. Douglas W. Cooper, Wilmington High School, Wilmington. Oklahoma. Talita DeNegri, Northeast Academy for Health Sciences and Engineering, Oklahoma City. Oregon. Norma Barber, Ukiah School District 80R, Ukiah.

Pennsylvania. Nicholas J. Uliano, Phoenixville Area High School, Phoenixville. Puerto Rico. Carmen Zoraida Perez Diaz, Escuela de la Comunidad Hato Nuevo, Gurabo. Rhode Island. Kathryn A. Tancrelle, Old County Road School, Smithfield. South Carolina. Christa M. Compton, Richland Northeast High School, Columbia. South Dakota. Marilyn R. Herz, West Middle School, Rapid City. Tennessee. Dorene Harris Lowery, Michigan Avenue Elementary School, Cleveland. Texas. Linda Luna DeMino, Howard Early Childhood Center, Antonio.

Utah. Louise Durham, Timpview High School, Provo. Vermont. Michele Forman, Middlebury High School, Middlebury. Virgin Islands. Julliette D. Gooding, Joseph Sibilly Elementary School, St. Thomas. Virginia. Cari L. Vickey, Winding Creek Elementary School, Stafford. Washington. Katie Henderson, Glenridge Elementary School, Renton. West Virginia. Donna Wertz Ream, Lewisburg Elementary School, Lewisburg. Wisconsin. Thomas J. Klubertanz, Wauwatosa West High School, Wauwatosa. Wyoming. Cindy Gulisano, Lingle/Ft. Laramie Elementary School, Lingle.


The National Council of Teachers of English, based in Urbana, Ill., announced the winners of two awards at their spring conference last month.

Carol A. Pope, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, was awarded the James N. Britton Award for Inquiry Within the English Language Arts, which honors published studies by pre-K through university English educators. Ms. Pope won the award for her article, “Reflection and Refraction: A Reflexive Look at an Evolving Model for Methods Instruction,” in the April 1999 issue of English Education.

Robert Tremmel, Iowa State University, Ames, was awarded the Janet Emig Award, which recognizes an essay or report that appears in English Education, a publication of the Conference on English Education. Mr. Tremmel was presented with the award for his article, “Still Loading Pig Iron After All These Years: Tribalism and English Education in the Global Contact Zone,” which appeared in the April 2000 edition.


Sportime International, an Atlanta-based division of School Specialty Inc., recently announced five national teacher of the year award recipients at the annual conference of The National Association for Sport and Physical Education. The award recognizes excellence in physical education teaching.

Melanie Champion, South Brunswick Middle School, Southport, N.C., was named the National Middle School Educator of the Year. Charlene Darst, Whitman Elementary School, Mesa, Ariz., was named the National Elementary School Physical Educator of the Year. Ellen Goldman, Sacramento City Unified School District, Sacramento, Calif., was named the National Adapted Physical Educator of the Year. Noel Grady-Smith, Mineral Springs Middle School, Winston-Salem, N.C., was named the National Dance Educator of the Year. Pat Hewitt, Hartsville High School, Hartsville, S.C., was named the National High School Physical Educator of the Year.


Kathleen Gabric, a biology teacher at Hinsdale Central High School, Argonne, Ill., won the Ellis P. Steinburg Award for Excellence in Pre-College Science Teaching from the Argonne National Laboratory. The award recognizes Ms. Gabric’s innovation and commitment to science education. She received a plaque and $500.

Classroom Connect, a Brisbane, Calif.-based company that produces Web- based curriculum and professional development materials, recently presented the Internet Educator of the Year award to Mary Kohl, a kindergarten teacher in Perry Lake, Ohio. Ms. Kohl was honored for her website, www.perry- She will receive a $10,000 grant and other prizes and recognition.

The National Association for Humane and Environmental Education, an East Haddam, Conn.-based youth education division of the Humane Society, recently named Dave Neubacher, El Verano Elementary School, Sonoma, Calif., the National KIND Teacher. Mr. Neubacher won the award for promoting humane and environmental service through his teaching in the classroom. He received a plaque and a free year’s subscription to KIND News children’s newspaper for every class in a school of his choice.

The Washington-based American Chemistry Society recently named Barbara Pressey Sitzman winner of the 2001 James Bryant Conant Award in High School Chemistry Teaching, sponsored by the Albemarle Corporation, for her lifetime achievement in teaching. Ms. Sitzman received a certificate, $5,000, and a trip to the Society’s award presentation meeting. Ms. Sitzman is a teacher at Chatsworth High School in Chatsworth, Calif.

A version of this article appeared in the May 02, 2001 edition of Education Week


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