Honors & Awards

October 31, 2001 7 min read
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The Washington-based Committee for Education Funding presented its 2001 awards to four congressmen for their support of education. The awards were presented at the committee’s annual gala in Washington last week.

Rep. Charles R. Bass, R-N.H., was presented with the Special Recognition Award at a Congressional Luncheon for his support of full funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

The CEF presented the James O’Hara Education Leadership Award to Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, for his lifelong commitment to education leadership and for his support of education in Congress.

Sen. James F. Jeffords, I-Vt., was awarded the Terrell H. Bell Outstanding Education Advocacy Award for promoting education as a federal and national priority.

The William H. Natcher Distinguished Service Award was given to Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., for promoting the importance of education funding to ensure better educational opportunities for the nation.


The National Association of Elementary School Principals named 64 Distinguished Principals for 2001 at a ceremony in Washington last week. The honor recognizes K-8 principals, who are nominated by their peers, for exemplary school leadership. The NAESP recognized one principal from each of 47 states and the District of Columbia; two from Massachusetts, Oregon, and South Carolina; and ten principals were honored from private, Department of Defense, and Department of State overseas schools.

The honorees are listed below.

Alabama. Susan L. McRae, Baker Elementary School, Mobile. Alaska. Daniel C. Blanton, Talkeetna Elementary School, Talkeetna. Arizona. Elizabeth S. Goettl, Esperero Canyon Middle School, Tucson. Arkansas. Allen V. Truett McCurry, Oak Grove Elementary School, North Little Rock. California. Patricia A. Hamilton, Arbuckle Elementary School, Arbuckle. Colorado. Howard C. Jay, Sopris Elementary School, Glenwood Springs. Connecticut. Anne Marie Cullinan, Ralph Carrington Elementary School, Waterbury. Delaware. Juanita G. Wilson, North Dover Elementary School, Dover. District of Columbia. Joyce L. Thompson, Marion P. Shadd Elementary School, Washington. Florida. Dawn R. Hurns, Palm Springs North Elementary School, Hialeah. Georgia. John U. Tippins III, Oak Grove Elementary School, Atlanta. Hawaii. Clayton J. Fujie, Noelani Elementary School, Honolulu. Idaho. Stephen D. Shepperd, Sunnyside Elementary School, Kellogg. Illinios. Jerry W. Vrshek, Hazelgreen Elementary School, Alsip.

Indiana. Mark A. Kern, New Palestine Elementary School, New Palestine. Iowa. Martha A. Kingery, Clarksville and Southeast Elementary Schools, Clarksville and Waverly. Kansas. Kenneth R. Harshberger, Meade Elementary and Junior High School, Meade. Kentucky. Thomas D. Williams, Walton-Verona Elementary School, Verona. Louisana. Catherine H. Segura, Avery Island Elementary School, Avery Island. Maine. Richard P. Colpitts, Hartford-Sumner Elementary School, Sumner. Maryland. Deborah S. Drown, Gorman Crossing Elementary School, Laurel. Massachusetts. Deborah A. Drugan, General John J. Stefanik Elementary School, Chicopee; Roger F. Harris, The Boston Renaissance Charter School, Boston. Michigan. Lloyd C. Lewis, Forest Elementary School, Farmington Hills. Minnesota. Byron L. Schwab, Pilot Knob Elementary School, Eagan. Mississippi. Mary Ann Stevens, East Jones Elementary School, Laurel. Missouri. Michael Joseph Otto, Graden Elementary School, Parkville. Montana. Keith Kohnke, Sandstone Elementary School, Billings. Nebraska. Steve G. Wilson, Centura Elementary School, Cairo.

Nevada. James B. Rowe, Lovelock and Imlay Elementary Schools, Lovelock. New Hampshire. Ben Augello, Center Woods Elementary School, Weare. New Jersey. Laurence R. Fieber, Parkway Elementary School, Ewing. New Mexico. Denise D. Potter, Riverside Elementary School, Carlsbad. New York. Maureen A. Patterson, Craven Crawford Elementary School, Liverpool. North Carolina. Deborah E. Parker, Sunset Park Elementary School, Wilmington. North Dakota. Mary C. Otto, Jefferson Elementary School, Valley City. Ohio. John R. Giles, Hinckley Elementary School, Hinckley. Oklahoma. Jean D. Hendrickson, Mark Twain Elementary School, Oklahoma City. Oregon. Philip K. Meager, Hoover Elementary School, Medford; Robert Charles Dais, Hood River Middle School, Hood River. Pennsylvania. Richard A. Sternberg, Grandview Elementary School, Pittsburgh. Rhode Island. Douglas H. Pierson, Hamilton Elementary School, North Kingstown. South Carolina. Jeffery Todd White, Mitchell Road Elementary School, Greenville; Jeanne F. Stiglbauer, Hand Middle School, Columbia.

South Dakota. Richard D. Brubakken, Medary Elementary School, Brookings. Tennessee. James A. Ratledge, Montvale Elementary School, Maryville. Texas. Karen E. Holt, South Houston Elementary School, South Houston. Utah. Gene T. Klatt, Highland Park Elementary School, Salt Lake City. Vermont. Vincent J. Messina, Lincoln, Adams, and Summer Street Elementary Schools, St. Johnsbury. Virginia. Nancy M. Moga, Callaghan Elementary School, Covington. Washington. Larry D. Pollock, Juanita Elementary School, Kirkland. West Virginia. Brenda J. Valentine, Kanawha City Elementary School, Charleston. Wisconsin. C. John Hanold, Magee Elementary School, Genesee Depot. Wyoming. Betsy R. Sell, Sunset and Wapiti Elementary Schools, Cody.

Private Schools. Barbara M. Clark, St. Mark’s Lutheran School, Hacienda Heights, Calif.; Lois D. Scrivener, Holy Name of Jesus School, Indialantic, Fla.; Gaylord E. Flicker, Grace Lutheran School, Pocatello, Idaho; Jeffery L. Blamer, Kalamazoo Christian Middle School, Kalamazoo, Mich.; Gary G. Wilmer, St. Charles Borromeo School, Minneapolis; Camille W. Forrest, St. Peter Celestine Catholic School, Cherry Hill, N.J. Department of Defense Dependents’ Schools. Deborah Harrington Patton, Fort Rucker Primary School, Fort Rucker, Ala.; Elaine P. Grande, Ramstein Elementary School, Kaiserslautern, Germany. Department of State Overseas Schools. Michael W. Colaianni, American International School of Vienna, Vienna, Austria; Sharon A. Sperry, American International School of Nouakchott, Nouakchott, Mauritania, Africa.


The Siemens Foundation, a branch of Siemens AG, a scientific research company, recently announced the winners of its regional Advanced Placement awards for teachers and schools. The awards recognize 18 teachers for their contributions to AP study, and 12 schools for significantly increasing the number of students taking AP exams. Each teacher and school will receive $1,000 for the award.

AP exams are created and administered by the College Board, a New York City-based assessment company, which also administers the Siemens AP awards.

The teachers’ award winners were:

Mary Alvarado, Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics, New York City; Eric Dale Austin, Abraham Lincoln High School, Los Angeles; Julian Patrick Dias, Morgan Park High School, Chicago; Patrick Farrell, Maine School of Science and Mathematics, Limestone, Maine; Brenda H. Johnson, Skyline Career Development Center and Comprehensive High School, Dallas; Kristen Jones, A&M Consolidated High School, College Station, Texas; Don Kirkwood, North Salem High School, Salem, Ore.; Ellen Shepherd Lamb, Mills E. Godwin High School, Richmond, Va.; Victor Levine, James Madison Memorial High School, Madison, Wis.; Dane H. Marshall, Oconee County High School, Watkinsville, Ga.; Judith Scott Masselam, Lexington High School, Lexington, Mass.; Susan Matthews, Hartford Public High School, Hartford, Conn.; Monique Amelia Morton, Woodrow Wilson Senior High School, Washington; Joan M. Rasmussen, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South, Princeton Junction, N.J.; Mercedes Tania Revilla, Miami Coral Park Senior High School, Miami; Ben Smith, Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, Rolling Hill Estates, Calif.; Alice F. Snodgrass, John Burroughs School, St. Louis; Nancy Stephenson, William P. Clements High School, Sugar Land, Texas.

The schools’ award winners were:

Chamblee Charter High School, Chamblee, Ga.; Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School, Miami; Galveston Ball High School, Galveston, Texas; Grandview High School, Aurora, Colo.; Herbert Hoover High School, Fresno, Calif.; High Point High School, Beltsville, Md.; James Hubert Blake High School, Silver Spring, Md.; Peoples Academy, Morrisville, Vt.; Plano West Senior High School, Plano, Texas; Renaissance High School, Detroit; Springfield High School of Science and Technology, Springfield, Mass.; Traverse City Central High School, Traverse City, Mich.


The Sylvan Learning Center, based in Baltimore, recently awarded its first national Teacher of the Year award to Cheryl Allen, a teacher at the Utica, N.Y., Sylvan Learning Center. Ms. Allen was recognized at the annual Sylvan Conference for using her dynamic teaching style to support students’ confidence in their learning.


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