Honors & Awards

May 15, 2002 19 min read
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The American School Board Journal, a trade publication for school boards, and Sodexho School Services, a Gaithersburg-Md.- based provider of food and facilities management, recently announced 25 winners of the 8th annual Magna Awards. The awards recognize school boards for implementing programs that encourage public engagement in schools and that improve student achievement.

Walton County Public Schools, Monroe, Ga., won the grand prize for its program, Partners in Achievement, and will receive $2,500 for scholarships. Citation awards of $1,000 each for scholarships were given to two districts’ programs: Adlai E. Stevenson High School District 125, Lincolnshire, Ill., Raising the Bar; and Pasco School District No. 1, Pasco, Wash., Blazing a Path to Future Success. The other winning districts and their programs are listed alphabetically.

Bloomington Public Schools, Bloomington, Minn., Pause to Improve. Caddo Parish Public Schools, Shreveport, La., Grading the Graders. Cambrian School District, San Jose, Calif., Cycles for Success. Capistrano Unified School District, San Juan Capistrano, Calif., Teacher Academies. Franklin Community School Corporation, Franklin, Ind., Real World Connections.

Granite School District, Salt Lake City, Supporting New Teachers. Grenada School District, Grenada, Miss., Exhibiting Real Life Skills. Harford County Public Schools, Bel Air, Md., Circles to Close the Gap. Isaac School District 5, Phoenix, Cultural Pride. Jersey City Public Schools, Jersey City, N.J., Leaving No Child Behind. Laurel-Concord Public Schools, Laurel, Neb., Getting Everyone Involved.

Macomb Intermediate School District, Clinton Township, Mich., Focus on Critical Thinking. Mountain Home Public Schools, Mountain Home, Ark., Can We Build It? Pueblo School District 70, Pueblo, Colo., The Future Is Now. Richardson Independent School District, Richardson, Texas, Awarding the Journey. Rockland Board of Cooperative Educational Services, West Nyack, N.Y., Teaching Self-Regulation.

School District of Hillsboro County, Tampa, Fla., Puppy Love. Seminole County Public Schools, Sanford, Fla., Summer Odyssey. Snoqualmie Valley School District 410, Snoqualmie, Wash., By the Numbers. Syosset Central School District, Syosset, N.Y., Arts and Minds. Tuscaloosa City Schools, Tuscaloosa, Ala., Working Together. West Shore Boards of Education, Cleveland, Championing Public Education.


Two career education organizations have been awarded the 2002 awards for excellence and innovation by the American Association for Career Education, based in Hermosa Beach, Calif. The winners were recognized for promoting career education through their programs, practices, and publications. The recipients were:

Career Connections Program, Carroll County Career and Technology Center, Westminster, Md., and the Career Development Program, Polaris Career Center, Middleburg Heights, Ohio.


The Nasdaq Stock Market Educational Foundation and the National Council on Economic Education announced the grand-prize winner of the 2001 Nasdaq National Teaching Awards last month. Karl Ochi, an economics teacher at George Washington High School, San Francisco, will receive $25,000 for his creative teaching methods and efforts to make economics interesting for his students.

Mr. Ochi was chosen from five regional award winners. The other four regional winners will receive $10,000 each. They were:

Pamela Calvert, Roosevelt High School, St. Louis, represented the Southwest. Ann Murray, Aquinas High School, New York City, Bronx, N.Y., represented the Northeast. Ronald J. Simonis, Kettle Moraine High School, Wales, Wis., represented the Midwest. Anna Vanlandingham, Lake Mary High School, Lake Mary, Fla., represented the Southeast. Mr. Ochi represented the West.


Recipients of the 2001 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching were announced recently. The awards, administered by the National Science Foundation, went to four teachers in each state, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and the Department of Defense schools. One elementary and one secondary mathematics teacher and one elementary and one secondary science teacher were chosen from each jurisdiction. Some states and territories did not have winners in all four categories, however.

Award recipients are nominated on a state level, and chosen by a national panel of scientists, mathematicians, and educators. Each winner received $7,500 for his or her school and a trip to Washington for an awards ceremony. The recipients are listed alphabetically by state:

Alabama. Susan Dunlap Burns, elementary mathematics, Southern Academy, Greensboro; Frankie Elmore Eubanks, secondary mathematics, Satsuma High School, Satsuma; Mistie Whitson McAdams, elementary science, Trace Crossings School, Hoover; Tammy Prestridge Rickard, secondary science, Spain Park High School, Birmingham.

Alaska. Ruth Leo Mount, secondary mathematics, Mirror Lake Middle School, Chugiak; Ronald J. Reihl, secondary science, Tanana Middle School, Fairbanks; Sheryl Elizabeth Sotelo, elementary science, Cooper Landing Elementary School, Cooper Landing; Lisa Ann Stewart, elementary mathematics, Swanson Elementary School, Palmer.

American Samoa. Magdalene Eteuini Augafa, elementary science, Alataua Lua Elementary School, Nua.

Arizona. Kathleen Kingston Flaccus, secondary science, Sinagua High School, Flagstaff; Kimberly Ann Rimbey, elementary mathematics, Arrowhead Elementary, Phoenix; Valerie Joan Young, secondary mathematics, Bradshaw Mountain High School, Prescott Valley.

Arkansas. Melissa Ann Miller, secondary science, Holt Middle School at Mount Comfort, Fayetteville; Kathy Ann Short, elementary science, Thurman G. Smith Elementary School, Springdale; Dickie C. Thomasson, secondary mathematics, Jacksonville High School, Jacksonville.

California. Leanna Kay Baker, elementary mathematics, Treeview School, Bidwell Campus, Hayward; Pamela Jean Miller, secondary science, Seaside High School, Seaside; Christopher Scott Shore, secondary mathematics, Temecula Valley High School, Temecula; Julia Elizabeth Taylor, elementary science, Desert Trails Elementary School, Adelanto.

Colorado. Patricia Rundell Bell, elementary mathematics, Shepardson Elementary, Fort Collins; Melissa Lou Colsman, secondary mathematics, Campus Middle School, Englewood; Steven Iona, secondary science, Horizon High School, Brighton; Mary Pat Weingardt, elementary science, Burlington Elementary School, Burlington.

Connecticut. Carrie Lynn Chiappetta, secondary mathematics, Rippowam Middle School, Stamford; Edward Martin O’Connell, secondary science, Litchfield High School, Litchfield; Nancy Gantert Ryan, elementary science, Mary T. Murphy School, Branford; Mindy J. Schwartzman, elementary mathematics, Clinton Avenue School, New Haven.

Delaware. Cynthia Louise Pochomis, elementary science, Richardson Park Learning Center, Wilmington; Cheryl Marie Potocki, secondary mathematics, Charter School of Wilmington, Wilmington; Jonathan Wylie Sypher, secondary science, Springer Middle School, Wilmington; Susan Kelley Timpson, elementary mathematics, Henry M. Brader Elementary School, Newark.

Department of Defense Schools. Pamela Dee Hall, elementary science, Kaiserslauten Elementary School, Armed Forces Europe; Marsha Ann Johnson, secondary mathematics, Wassom Middle School, Ft. Campbell, Ky.; Lynne Marie Smith, secondary science, Roosevelt Roads Middle High School, Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico.

District of Columbia. Celestine Liggins Alvarez, elementary mathematics, Jessie LaSalle Elementary School, Washington; Delores Locke McClain, secondary mathematics, Hine Junior High School, Washington.

Florida. Mary Lou Beasley, secondary mathematics, Southside Fundamental Middle School, St. Petersburg; Catharine Hagan Colwell, secondary science, Mainland High School, Daytona Beach; Carole Matchett Dressler, elementary mathematics, Osceola Magnet School, Vero Beach; Susan R. Miller, elementary science, Edison Park Creative and Expressive Arts Magnet, Fort Myers.

Georgia. Mary Elizabeth Mendenhall, elementary mathematics, Kedron Elementary School, Peachtree City; Deborah Elyse Poss, secondary mathematics, Lassiter High School, Marietta; Steve Anthony Rich, secondary science, New Manchester Elementary School, Douglasville; Clelia Scott, elementary science, Golden Isles Elementary School, Brunswick.

Guam. Monina D. Sunga, secondary science, Vicente S. A. Benavente Middle School, Dededo.

Hawaii. Geraldine Okawa Kajitani, elementary science, Nuuanu School, Honolulu; Phyllis Tomie Nakama-Kawamoto, elementary mathematics, Miliani Mauka Elementary School, Mililani; Joan Elaine Rohrback, secondary science, Sacred Hearts Academy, Honolulu; Wesley Yuichi Yuu, secondary mathematics, Miliani Middle School, Miliani.

Idaho. Martha Theresa Roletto, secondary mathematics, Coeur d’Alene High School, Coeur d’Alene; Janice Sue Trull, elementary science, Mountain View School, Boise.

Illinois. Becky Ann Gill, elementary mathematics, Countryside Elementary-CUSD220, Barrington; Coleen Marie Martin, elementary science, Wilder- Waite Grade School, Peoria; Elaine Emily Modine, secondary science, Waubonsie Valley High School, Aurora; Gwendolyn M. Zimmermann, secondary mathematics, West Chicago Community High School, West Chicago.

Indiana. Emily Nell Hendricks, elementary mathematics, Edgelea Elementary School, Lafayette; Carrie Lynn Howe, secondary mathematics, Parkview Middle School, Jeffersonville; Kimberley Ann Pinto, elementary science, Burnett Creek Elementary School, West Lafayette; Patricia Marureen Zeck, secondary science, Northwestern High School, Kokomo.

Iowa. Denise Lynne Carlson, elementary mathematics, Gilbert Elementary School, Gilbert; Angelia Marie Shindelar, secondary mathematics, Nodaway Valley Middle School, Fontanelle; Julie Beth Nelson Townsend, secondary science, Parkview Middle School, Ankeny.

Kansas. Rhonda Argabright, secondary mathematics, Atwood High School, Atwood; M. Sue Gibson, secondary science, Shawnee Mission West High School, Shawnee Mission; Frances Jean Irelan, elementary mathematics, Lee Elementary School, Manhattan; Marion Assumpta Zampa, elementary science, Trailwood Elementary School, Overland Park.

Kentucky. Buel Dale Faughn, secondary science, Caldwell County High School, Princeton; Stephanie Ann Fields, secondary mathematics, Noe Middle School, Louisville; Vonnie L. Pridemore, elementary science, Rosenwald-Dunbar Elementary School, Nicholasville; Lana Bray Thomas, elementary mathematics, Middletown Elementary School, Louisville.

Louisiana. Gina W. Allain, elementary science, Whispering Forest Elementary, Slidell; Catherine Marie Glover, secondary mathematics, Northwestern Middle School, Zachary; Letitia Daniels Hoaas, secondary science, Riverside Elementary School, Shreveport; Priscilla Turner Ray, elementary mathematics, Tchefuncte Middle School, Mandeville.

Maine. Susan Diane Caler, elementary mathematics, North Berwick Primary School, North Berwick; Nancy Susan Chesley, elementary science, Mabel I. Wilson School, Cumberland Center; Georgette Bubar Ireland, secondary mathematics, Presque Isle High School, Presque Isle; Mary Mille Whitten, secondary science, Gardiner Area High School, Gardiner.

Maryland. David L. Brock, secondary science, Roland Park Country School, Baltimore; Kristi Lynn Cameron, elementary science, Glenallan Elementary School, Silver Spring; Gail Kaplan, secondary mathematics, The Key School, Annapolis.

Massachusetts. Nancy Holland Buell, elementary mathematics, William H. Lincoln School, Brookline; Elana Erwin Schreiber, elementary science, Solomon Schechter Day School, Newton; Joseph William Spadano, secondary mathematics, Westford Academy, Westford; Karen Louise Spaulding, secondary science, Asa P. Morse Elementary School, Cambridge.

Michigan. Mandy Patricia Frantti, secondary science, Munising High School, Munising; Susan Doelhert Kielb, secondary mathematics, Tappan Middle School, Ann Arbor; Cathey Jo Newhouse, elementary science, Parnall Elementary School, Jackson.

Minnesota. James Christopher Brickwedde, elementary mathematics, Meadowbrook Elementary School, Golden Valley; Donald Carlton Karlgaard, secondary mathematics, Brainerd High School, Brainerd; Laura Jo Jean Pieper, elementary science, Lake of the Woods School, Raudette; Robert Alan Shaner, secondary science, Grand Rapids High School, Grand Rapids.

Mississippi. Janice Louise Key, elementary mathematics, Pierce Street Elementary, Tupelo; Cheryl Ann Harrison Moore, secondary mathematics, Amory High School, Amory; Sandra Jo Murphy, elementary science, Caledonia Elementary School, Caledonia; Minadene Waldrop, secondary science, Terry High School, Terry.

Missouri. Susan Hamilton Bizorik, elementary mathematics, James Elementary School, Kansas City; Kathleen Jean Dombrink, secondary science, McCluer North High School, Florissant; Christy Wuertenbaecher Moore, elementary science, Rohan Woods School, St. Louis; Leroy Sharp III, secondary mathematics, Columbia Public Schools, Columbia.

Montana. Anna D. Flynn, elementary mathematics, Hawthorne Elementary School, Helena; Margaret Beth Manning, elementary science, Lewis and Clark Elementary School, Missoula; Alyson Mary Mike, secondary science, East Valley Middle School, East Helena; Deanna Kay Reynolds, secondary mathematics, Havre High School, Havre.

Nebraska. Beverly Kay Grueber, elementary science, North Bend Central Elementary School, North Bend; Nancy Kay Kunkel, elementary mathematics, Hebron Public Schools, Hebron; Katie Jo Ramsey, secondary science, Walnut Middle School, Grand Island; Thomas George Shield, secondary mathematics, Kearney High School, Kearney.

Nevada. Deloris Jane Gianopulos, elementary mathematics, Huffaker School, Reno; Donna Jo Hataway, elementary science, Fremont Elementary School, Carson City; Jan Petrina McCarty-Phul, secondary science, Robert McQueen High School, Reno; Gaye Tyndall, secondary mathematics, Douglas High School, Minden.

New Hampshire. Catherine Brownrigg Burns, secondary mathematics, McKelvie Middle School, Bedford; Diane Barbara Savage, secondary science, Nashua Senior High School, Nashua; Cathy A. Stavenger, elementary mathematics, Memorial Elementary School, Bedford.

New Jersey. Loris Jean Chen, secondary science, North Arlington Middle School, North Arlington; Cynthia Anne Purcell, secondary mathematics, Frelinghuysen Middle School, Morristown; Aldona J. Skrypa, elementary mathematics, Torey J. Sabatini School, Madison; Paula Lee Thatcher, elementary science, Mansfield Township School, Port Murray.

New Mexico. Amy Josephine John, secondary science, Tse Bitai Middle School, Shiprock; Bill H. Schrandt, secondary mathematics, Valley High School, Albuquerque.

New York. Margaret Frances St. Clair Coryer, elementary mathematics, Arthur P. Momot School, Plattsburgh; Ann Marie Davidian, secondary mathematics, MacArthur High School, Levittown; Frances Scelsi Hess, secondary science, Cooperstown High School, Cooperstown; Emily Sharon O’Brien, elementary science, Eastplain School, North Massapequa.

North Carolina. Sherry Lynn Tesh Andrews, secondary science, North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem; Stephen Lucius Houser Jr., elementary science, McKee Road Elementary School, Charlotte; Marie Hold Radcliff, secondary mathematics, Cape Fear Elementary School, Rocky Point; Kitty Carrow Rutherford, elementary mathematics, Dillard Drive Elementary, Raleigh.

North Dakota. Ruth H. Johnson, secondary mathematics, Prairie Elementary School, Fairfield; Maxine Joyce Trotter, secondary science, Prairie Junior High School, Fairfield; Rae Ann Vandrovec, elementary science, St. John’s Academy, Jamestown.

Ohio. Stephanie Anne Eagleton, elementary mathematics, Boulevard Elementary School, Shaker Heights; Amy Sue Harker, elementary science, Sale R. Rice Elementary School, Mentor; James David Mamer, secondary mathematics, Rockway School, Springfield; Christine Ann Milcetich, secondary science, Firestone High School, Akron.

Oklahoma. Barbra Nahas Carlson, elementary mathematics, Eisenhower Elementary School, Norman; Melissa Gaye Parnell, secondary science, Tahlequah High School, Tahlequah; Karen Hall Phillips, secondary mathematics, Lone Grove Middle School, Lone Grove; Jana Darece Rowland, elementary science, Hydro-Eakly Elementary School, Hydro.

Oregon. Ross William Eells, elementary mathematics, Grandhaven Elementary School, McMinnville; Rosa Hernandez Hemphill, secondary science, Oregon Episcopal School, Portland; Rayna Lee Nordstrom, elementary science, John Tuck Elementary School, Redmond; Gerald E. Young, secondary mathematics, Clackmas High School, Milwaukie.

Pennsylvania. Ruth Ellen Carver, secondary mathematics, Germantown Academy, Fort Washington; Mary Susan Johnson, elementary mathematics, Willow Hill Elementary School, Willow Grove; Sandra Lee Matrascia, elementary science, Carnegie Elementary School, Carnegie; Genevieve Murphy Nelson, secondary science, Germantown Friends School, Philadelphia.

Puerto Rico. Carmen Awilda Arce, elementary science, Junior Hight-Haydee Caballero, Caguas; Pedro Juan Berrios, secondary mathematics, Francisco Zayas Santana, Villalba; Javier Gonzalez, secondary science, Francisco Zayas Community High School, Villalba.

Rhode Island. Mary Ann Guerin, secondary science, Cumberland Middle School, Cumberland; Charlee M. McElroy, elementary mathematics, Sherman School, Warwick; Eric V. Simonian, secondary mathematics, Toll Gate High School, Warwick; Christine Irene Southworth, elementary science, Metcalf Elementary School, Exeter.

South Carolina. Ginger Robertson Foley, secondary science, Richland Northeast High School, Columbia; William Barker Gillam, secondary mathematics, Richland Northeast High School, Columbia; Katherine W. Miller, elementary science, Oakview Elementary, Simpsonville; Sarah Heustess Pullie, elementary mathematics, Latta Elementary School, Latta.

South Dakota. Cynthia Diane Kroon, secondary mathematics, Montrose High School, Montrose; Patricia Louise Martin, secondary science, Roncalli Jr./Sr. High School, Aberdeen.

Tennessee. Barry Lain Farris, secondary science, Columbia Academy, Columbia; Helen Elizabeth Henning, elementary science, Bolivar Elementary School, Bolivar; Linda Ann King, secondary mathematics, Warren County High School, McMinnville; Linda W. McClanahan, elementary mathematics, Sarah Moore Green Magnet Technology Academy, Knoxville.

Texas. Patricia Ellen Alexander, elementary mathematics, Barbara Bush Elementary School, Grand Prairie; D’Ann James Douglas, elementary science, Sallie Curtis Elementary School, Beaumont; Peggy Jean Schweiger, secondary science, Klein Oak High School, Spring; Kristine H. Smith, secondary mathematics, Weatherford High School, Weatherford.

Utah. Mary Ellen Kettle, Neola Elementary School, Neola; Mary Janice Richmond, secondary mathematics, Hurricane High School, Hurricane; Rosalee B. Riddle, secondary science, Red Hills Middle School, Richfield; Patti West Seeholzer, elementary science, River Heights Elementary, River Heights.

Vermont. Marie Therasa Carmichael, elementary mathematics, State Street School, Windsor; Teri Lynn Haines, elementary science, Bethel Elementary School, Bethel; Judi E. Laird, secondary mathematics, Newport Town School, Newport Center; Jonathan Aaron Rice, secondary science, Woodstock Union Middle School, Woodstock.

Virginia. Elyse Colette Coleman, elementary mathematics, Chancellor Elementary, Fredericksburg; Deborah M. Roudebush, secondary science, West Springfield High School, Springfield; Dawn Renee Wilcox, elementary science, Courtland Elementary School, Spotsylvania.

Washington. Michele Louise Boyd, elementary mathematics, Westgate Elementary School, Edmonds; Karen Stevenson Hall, secondary mathematics, Vancouver School District, Vancouver; Mary Bennett Moore, elementary science, Jason Lee Elementary School, Richland; Joyce Eileen Stark, secondary science, Sunnyside High School, Sunnyside.

West Virginia. Rebecca Lynn Kittle, secondary science, Taylor County Middle School, Grafton; Carol Jean Malcom, elementary mathematics, Blackshere Elementary School, Mannington; Kathryn Gail McGee McClure, secondary mathematics, Riverside High School, Belle; Linda K. Robinson, elementary science, East Dale Elementary School, Fairmont.

Wisconsin. Vicki K. Banta, secondary mathematics, Viroqua High School, Viroqua; Linda Mary Roberts, elementary science, Armitage Academy, Kenosha; Don Vincent, secondary science, Madison West High School, Madison; Lori Elizabeth Williams, elementary mathematics, Stangel Elementary School, Manitowoc.

Wyoming. Robert Marty Higginbotham Jr., elementary science, West Elementary School, Lander; Richard Louis Pieper, secondary mathematics, Cokeville High School, Cokeville.


JoAnn Falk was recently named Education Support Professional of the Year by the National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers’ union. She is the central secretary for Pueblo School District 70, Pueblo, Colo. During her time in the district, she has worked for bargaining rights for her colleagues and created Pueblo’s first elementary school media center. She will receive $10,000, half of which will go to a charity of her choice.

Warren G. Phillips, a 7th grade science teacher at Plymouth Community Intermediate School, Plymouth, Mass., was recently named the grand-prize winner of the Chevy Malibu Teaching Excellence Awards byTime for Kids magazine, a weekly classroom news publication. The award recognizes his use of new and innovative teaching methods and hands-on learning, including pond studies, geological field trips, and gardening experiments. He will receive $2,000 for classroom use and a new Chevy Malibu automobile.

Richard W. Riley was recently presented with the 2002 Eagle Award from the United States Distance Learning Association. Mr. Riley, a former U.S. secretary of education under President Clinton and former governor of South Carolina, was honored for his support of education technology and distance learning through his public education policymaking.

William Gray Rushin was named the Internet Educator of the Year by Classroom Connect, a Brisbane, Calif.-based company that develops K-12 internet learning tools. Mr. Rushin, a chemistry teacher at Cary Academy, Cary, N.C., won the award for his Web sites, All Atoms and Chemistry Place, interactive sites used to post assignments, showcase students’ projects, and provide supplements to classroom lessons. He will receive $5,000 in cash and $5,000 in Classroom Connect products and services.

Syosset Central School District Board of Education, Syosset, N.Y., received the 2002 School Board Award from the National School Boards Association and the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network last month. The award recognizes a school board’s support of arts education in its district. The Syosset Board of Education was recognized for designating almost 6 percent of the 6,000-student district’s annual budget to arts education, and for providing specialized faculty for arts classes.

A version of this article appeared in the May 15, 2002 edition of Education Week


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