Honors & Awards

November 28, 2001 9 min read
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The National Association of Secondary School Principals, in partnership with the New York City-based Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., recently announced the winners of the national Principal of the Year awards. Sharon Buddin, principal at Ridge View High School in Columbia, S.C., was named the National High School Principal of the Year at an awards gala in Washington. Kevin McHugh, principal at Pennwood Middle School in Yardley, Pa., was named the National Middle School Principal of the Year. Both received $10,000 with their awards, which they plan to use to improve their schools.

Each state, New York City, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Dependents’ Schools name a high school and middle school principal of the year. The national winners are chosen from these honorees. The state and district winners are listed below.

Alabama. Stanley Cox, Brewbaker Technology Magnet School, Montgomery. Alaska. Malcom Fleming, Seward Middle High School, Seward; Sharon Stears, Orah Dee Clark Middle School, Anchorage. Arizona. Suzanne Ashby, Rincon High School, Tucson; Susie Wissinger, Hendrix Junior High School, Chandler. Arkansas. Avis Cotton, Dardanelle Middle School, Dardanelle; Wesley White, Russellville High School, Russellville. California. Jack Clement, El Toro High School, Lake Forest; Tony Garcia, Bernal Intermediate School, San Jose. Colorado. Shawn Batterberry, Denver South High School, Denver; Karen Briggs, Powell Middle School, Littleton. Connecticut. Patricia Llodra, Northwestern Regional High School, Winsted; Preston Shaw, Griswold Middle School, Jewett City. Delaware. Joyce Ayres, Howard High School of Technology, Wilmington. District of Columbia. Reginald Elliott, Luke C. Moore Academy, Washington; Lee Epps, Charles Hart Middle School, Washington. Department of Defense Education Activity. Sandra Daniels, Bahrain Elementary/High School, FPO AE. Florida. William Gibson, Jackson Heights Middle School, Ovledo; Paul Mitchell, Colonial High School, Orlando.

Georgia. James Kahrs, Shiloh High School, Snellville. Hawaii. Anthony Ramos, Kamehameha Secondary School, Honolulu. Idaho. Kathleen McCurdy, North Junior High School, Boise; William Leaf, Cascade Junior/Senior High School, Cascade. Illinois. Victoria Sharts, Percy Julian Junior High School, Oak Park. Indiana. William Duke, Carmel High School, Carmel; Sharon Pitts, Woodrow Wilson Middle School, Terre Haute. Iowa. Ronald Bryan, Storm Lake Middle School, Storm Lake; Steve Westerberg, Denison High School, Denison. Kansas. Vernita McLean, Towanda Grade School, Towanda; James Menze, Emporia High School, Emporia. Kentucky. Neal Clark, Bardstown Middle School, Bardstown; Dale Stewart, Apollo High School, Owensboro. Louisiana. Randy Schexnayder, Abbeville High School, Abbeville; Michael Stassi, Slidell Junior High School, Slidell. Maine. James Stephenson, Massabesic High School, Waterboro. Maryland. David Bruzga, Long Reach High School, Columbia; Michael Reidy, Plum Point Middle School, Huntingtown.

Massachusetts. Noel Pixley, Thornton W. Burgess Middle School, Hampden; Donald Rebello, Somerset High School, Somerset. Michigan. Thomas Neville, Kimball High School, Royal Oak; Mary Stephen, Malow Junior High School, Shelby Township. Minnesota. Scott Hannon, Winona Middle School, Winona; James Herzog, Owatonna Senior High School, Owatonna. Mississippi. Hank Bounds, Pascagoula High School, Pascagoula; Paul Denyer, Ocean Springs Middle School, Ocean Springs. Missouri. Stanley Elliott, Lee’s Summit North High School, Lee’s Summit; Robert Steffes, Lewis and Clark Middle School, Jefferson. Montana. William Schlepp, Chester High School, Chester. Nebraska. Gerald Menke, Horizon Middle School, Kearney; Lynn Moeller, Pierce Junior/Senior High School, Pierce. Nevada. Susan DeFrancesco, Bonanza High School, Las Vegas; Douglas Gougar, B. Mahlon Brown Junior High School, Henderson. New Hampshire. Eugene Connolly, Gilbert H. Hood Middle School, Derry; George Edwards, Bow High School, Bow. New Jersey. Paul Christopher, Marine Academy of Science and Technology, Sandy Hook. New Mexico. Dean Cunningham, Newcomb High School, Newcomb. New York. Holly Chorba, Potsdam Senior High School, Potsdam. New York City. Paul Saronson, LaGuardia High School of Music and Arts and Performing Arts, New York City.

North Carolina. Michael Matheny, Millers Creek Intermediate School, Millers Creek. North Dakota. Royal Lyson, Williston Junior High School, Williston; Alton Nygaard, Des Lacs Burlington High School, Des Lacs. Ohio. Edward Vittardi, Independence Middle School, Independence; Ted Zigler, William Henry Harrison High School, Harrison. Oklahoma. Barbara Ellis, Central Junior High School, Lawton; Frank Thompson, Marietta High School, Marietta. Oregon. Karen Goirigolzarri, Roseburg Senior High School, Roseburg. Pennsylvania. Betsy Adams, Conrad Weiser Area High School, Robesonia; Kevin McHugh, Pennwood Middle School, Yardley. Rhode Island. Jean Campbell, Cranston Area Career and Technical Center, Cranston; Gary Spremullo, Park View Middle School, Cranston. South Carolina. Sharon Buddin, Ridge View High School, Columbia; Jeanne Stiglbauer, Hand Middle School, Columbia. South Dakota. Daniel Neiles, George S. Mickelson Middle School, Brookings; Kevin Segrud, New Underwood High School, New Underwood. Tennessee. Gary Roach, Sevier County High School, Sevierville; Ashley Smith Jr., Cleveland Middle School, Cleveland. Texas. Shirley Benton, Dunbar High School, Fort Worth; Dale Dardeau, West Orange/Stark Middle School, Orange. Utah. Karyn Bertelsen, South Davis Junior High School, Bountiful; Eris Waymire, Pleasant Grove High School, Pleasant Grove. Vermont. Armando Vilaseca, Essex High School, Essex Junction. Virginia. Cathy Lassiter, Rosemont Middle School, Norfolk; Louis Tonelson, Kempsville High School, Virginia Beach. Washington. Richard Linehan, Kiona Benton City Middle School, Benton City; Sarah Phillips, Bellevue High School, Bellevue. West Virginia. Raymond Rose, Wyoming East High School, New Richmond; Thomas Wood, Moundsville Junior High School, Moundsville. Wisconsin. William Andrekopoulos, Fritsche Middle School, Milwaukee; Brian Kersten, Waunakee Community High School, Waunakee. Wyoming. Michael Helenbolt, Lander Valley High School, Lander; Richard Schaal, Worland Middle School, Worland.


The Alexandria, Va.-based National School Boards Association’s Technology Leadership Network recognized three school districts for their innovative use of technology. The districts were showcased in a video at the association’s annual Teaching and Learning Conference this month. The districts also received plaques for the award, and the opportunity to share their ideas with other districts.

The recognized districts were Barren County School District, Glasgow, Ky.; Milford Public Schools, Milford, Conn.; and Poway Unified School District, Poway, Calif.


The ING Northern Annuity, a Seattle-based life insurance company, recently announced three winners of its Education’s Unsung Heroes’ awards, which recognize teachers for excellent teaching methods that help students achieve. The winners are chosen by ING’s education advisory board from 100 national finalists selected by the Citizen’s Scholarship Foundation of America. Each of the 100 finalists received $2,000 to use for teaching projects.

Cathleen Hightower, Benjamin Franklin Senior High School, New Orleans, was the first place winner. She received $27,000 for her “Techmobile” project, which brings technology to students in the community that may not otherwise have access to it.

Jody Hodges, Aledo Middle School, Aledo, Texas, was the second place winner. She received $12,000 for her project, “Wild Side and Living Museum,” a live museum of plants and animals intended to interest students in natural habitats.

Sloan Holmes, West High School, Bakersfield, Calif., received $7,000 for “Positive Youth Development,” a program that encourages students to campaign for healthier lifestyles.


The National School Supply and Equipment Association recently awarded its 2001 Education Excellence Awards to three of its member companies. The award recognizes the companies’ efforts to improve education in their communities. Each company will receive $1,000 to be given to the education advocacy group of their choice. Awards were presented to the winners at a ceremony in Charlotte, N.C.

Aristoplay, Ltd., won an award for its partnership with Thurston Elementary School in Ann Arbor, Mich. The company helped create a project in which third-graders run a company that makes games. The project is a curriculum enhancement that helps teach corporate economics.

House of Doolittle won an award for supporting the Community Writing Project of Mt. Prospect, Ill. Staff members volunteer to collect students’ writings and compile them for formal distribution to offices, banks, schools, and libraries in the town.

Klutz Co. won an award for the Klutz Book Factory, opened in Palo Alto, Calif., in 1999. The factory is a hands-on field trip for students that allows them to create their own klutz activity book based on content prepared in advance.


Paul Black, a professor of secondary education at Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, Pa., was recently named the Teacher Educator of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. He was selected from nominations from the association’s 91 member universities, and was honored at a conference dinner in Grantville, Pa., last month.

California first lady Sharon Davis accepted the Excellence in Mentoring for Public Service award from the National Mentoring Partnersip on behalf of the Governor’s mentoring program in California. The award was presented at a ceremony in New York City this month.

San Francisco’s Exploratorium Museum received the Educational Research award from the Council of Scientific Society Presidents for its advancement of children’s interest in and understanding of science through its interactive exhibits. Robert Semper, the associate executive director of the museum, received the award at a dinner in Washington last week.

Henry Ford Academy, Dearborn, Mich., received the James D. MacConnell Award from the Council of Educational Facility Planners at the council’s annual conference in Denver last month. The design team for the 400-student charter school was recognized for its transformation of the Henry Ford Museum into a state-of-the- art learning facility.

Warren H. Solomon recently received the 2001 Oustanding Service Award from the National Council for the Social Studies at the council’s annual conference held in Washington this month. Mr. Solomon is an adjunct associate professor of education in social studies at the University of Missouri in Columbia, and was recognized for his exceptional service to the social studies profession.

Ron Wolk, the founder of Education Week and chairman of the board for the paper’s publisher, Editorial Projects in Education, was recently presented with the Crossing the River Jordan Award from the Public Education Network. The award was presented at a ceremony in Washington Nov. 11. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to improving public education and supporting opportunities for others to achieve in education.

A version of this article appeared in the November 28, 2001 edition of Education Week


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