Honors & Awards

February 25, 2004 5 min read
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State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Awards

The State Farm Companies Foundation, the philanthropic-arm of the Bloomington, Ill.-based insurance agency, and Washington-based Youth Service America, recently awarded nearly $100,000 to 79 teachers for being community leaders. The winners are listed below by state.

Arkansas: Patty Rainey, Morrilton High School, Morrilton; Carlos Amargos, Rogers High School, Rogers.

Arizona: Paula Vaughn, Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix; Marisa Silver, PH Gonzales Elementary School, Tolleson.

California: Kristi Hofstetter, Pathways High School, Anaheim; Kate O’Brien, Camino Nuevo Charter Academy, Los Angeles; Natalie Raymundo, Arrowview Middle School, San Bernardino; Adam Galvin, Redwood Academy of Ukiah, Ukiah.

Colorado: Megan Yeats, Lafayette Service Learning Partnership, Lafayette; Adam Garbus, Hayden Middle School, Steamboat Springs.

Conneticut: Daniel Levy, Hamden Middle School, Hamden; Diana Creamer, Hartford Magnet Middle School at the Learning Corridor, South Windsor; Donna Young, Windham Middle School, Willmantic.

District of Columbia: Michelle Parker, Stanton Elementary School; Lisa Alexander, George Washington University Medical School.

Florida: Calvin Briles, Manatee Community College, Bradenton; Ramona Frischman, Miami- Dade County Public Schools, Miami; WilliamBankowski, Pompano Beach High School, Pompano Beach; Cindy Jesup, Spruce Creek High School, Port Orange.

Georgia: Frances Rundlett, Friends School of Atlanta, Decatur; Candice Little, Columbia High School, Lithonia; Raegan Dillon, Georgetown Elementary School, Savannah.

Hawaii: Kimberly Day, Kailana School at Marimed Foundation,Kaneohe.

Iowa: Don Williams, Ames Middle School, Ames; Chris Wilson, Johnston Middle School, Johnston.

Illinois: Gary Klass, Illinois State University, Normal; Patti Kozlowski, Community High School District, West Chicago.

Indiana: Roger Fisher, Springs Valley Elementary, French Lick; Susan Summers, Woodside Middle School, Fort Wayne; Kelby Weybright, Norwell High School, Ossian; Patricia Swanson, Valparaiso Community Schools, Valparaiso.

Kansas: Mary Van Dyke, Atchison Middle School, Atchison; Jean Gleichsner, Fort Hays State University, Hays; Anita Pfister, Hutchinson Community College, Hutchinson.

Kentucky: Jana Koehler, Lansdowne Elementary School, Lexington; Melissa Cohen, Brooks Elementary School, Shepherdsville.

Louisiana: Linda Hooper-Bui, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge; Barbara Hayley, Department of Theatre and Dance, Tulane University, New Orleans; Rolanda Clements, Dillard University, New Orleans.

Massachusetts: Kathleen Farley, Chatham Youth Services, Chatham; Julie Spencer-Robinson, John F. Kennedy Middle School, Florence.

Maryland: Candice Ellington, Gilford & Barclay Middle School, Baltimore; Peter La Court, Florence Bertell Academy of Baltimore, Capitol Heights; Linda Lyon, Frostburg State University, Frostburg.

Michigan: Kathleen Breece, Elk Rapids Alternative High School, Elk Rapids; Karen Peabody, Onekama Consolidated School District, Onekama; Laura Tepper, Pathways Alternative High School, Owosso.

Minnesota: Anne Larson, Moorhead Public Schools, South Moorhead; Del Larson, George Washington Elementary, North Moorhead

Missouri: Amy Cameron, Grandview Alternative High School, Grandview.

North Carolina: Colleen Clark, Elon University, Elon.

New Hampshire: Paul Robdau, Laconia High School, Laconia.

New Jersey: Lisa Wittner, The Hudson School, Hoboken.

New Mexico: Donna Jacobs, University of New Mexico-Gallup Branch, Gallup.

New York: Eugenia Siracusa, Cayuga Community College— Fulton Center, Auburn; Hal Eisenberg, Benjamin N. Cardozo High School, Bayside; Laura Schere, EBC Bushwick High School for Public Service, Brooklyn; Jamie Latimer, Sullivan County BOCES, Liberty; Maureen Keller, Traphagen School/ Access Westchester, Inc., White Plains.

Ohio: Teresa Good, Arrowhead Primary School, Copley; Jean Metzger, Columbian County Educational Service Center, Poland.

Oklahoma: Kimbra Roush, Pathways Preschool, Edmond; Emmett Thompson, Woodall Elementary School, Tahlequah.

Pennsylvania: Mary Rodges, Abington Senior High School, Abington; Patty Faye,Ronald H. Brown Charter School, Harrisburg; Jeffrey Brauer, Keystone College, La Plume; Doreen Blandino, Saint Vincent College, Latrobe; Jonathon Weinkle, School of Advanced Jewish Studies, Pittsburgh; Monica Galore, Communities In Schools Academy, West Mifflin.

South Carolina: Renee Chewning, Sea Islands YouthBuild, Johns Island.

South Dakota: Leesa Haughland, West Elementary School, Spearfish.

Texas: Donna Miller, James A. Bowie High School, Austin; Sherry Rooks, Odyssey Academy, Galveston.

Virginia: Scott Tate, Emory & Henry College, Emory.

Washington: Joshua Evans, Western Washington University, Bellingham.

Wisconsin: Mark Wagner, Nicolet High School, Glendale; Emily Kauth, Howe Elementary School, Green Bay; Beth Gentilli, Replay Alternative School, Madison.

West Virginia: William Greene, White Sulphur Springs Elementary School, White Sulphur Springs.

Wyoming: Elizabeth Jennings, University of Wyoming, Laramie.

Other Honors and Awards

The Washington-based Business Software Alliance recently honored Diane DeMott Painter with the inaugural Cyber Education Champion Award. The award recognizes an educator who teaches students about respect for digital media and cyber ethics. Ms. Painter, a technology resource teacher at Deer Park Elementary School in Centreville, Va., received the award last month.

The Freedom Forum—an Arlington, Va.-based foundation that supports free press and free speech— recently honored humanitarian Greg Mortenson with the Al Neuharth Free Spirit Award. The award honors individuals who inspire communities to improve themselves. Mr. Mortenson, who established 34 schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan, will receive a $100,000 award.

Don Sherman, a music teacher at Monroe High School in Rochester, N.Y., has been honored with the National Music Award from the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. The foundation, based in Sherman Oaks, Calif., supports music education in schools in poor communities. The award is given to an educator who shows leadership, dedication, creativity, and a willingness to provide time so that their students will receive a high-quality music education. Mr. Sherman will receive a $10,000 award next month at New York City’s Carnegie Hall.


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