Education Honors & Award

Honors & Awards

December 13, 2005 6 min read
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Early Education Awards

Scholastic, the New York City-based publisher and distributor of children’s books, has announced the winners of the Scholastic Early Childhood Professional Awards. Each honoree received a roundtrip ticket to attend the National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference in Washington this month, and a collection of Scholastic products. The winners are listed below alphabetically:

Jane Banister, Hoya Kids Learning Center at Georgetown University, Washington; Wanda Bryson, Sitka Child Development Center, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska; Nikki Darling-Kuria, Creative Kids Development Family Child Care, Frederick, Md.; Sabina Mosso-Taylor, Richland Two Child Development Program, Anna Boyd Centers, Columbia, S.C.; Beth Prince, District of Columbia Public Schools, Hearst Elementary Early Childhood Center, Washington.

Education Trust Awards

The Education Trust, a Washington-based research and advocacy group, honored five schools with Dispelling the Myth awards last month. The annual awards recognize schools that have made progress in educating poor and minority students. The winners are listed below alphabetically.

Dayton’s Bluff Achievement Plus Elementary School, St. Paul, Minn.; Elmont Memorial Junior-Senior High School, Elmont, N.Y.; Frankford Elementary School, Frankford, Del.; Rock Hall Elementary School, Rock Hall, Md.; University Park Campus School, Worcester, Mass.

Teacher Awards

The Washington-based National Education Association Foundation recently announced four awards that recognize educators for their contributions to teaching.

The Christa McAuliffe Award: Paul Brissette, Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, Oak Bluffs, Mass.

The Don Rollie Award: Susanne Stein and Mitchell Trembicki, Haverford High School, Havertown, Pa.

The Hilda Maehling Awards: Patricia Abitabilo, Shauna Beardslee, Marisa Carlisi, Kathleen Choma, and Lauren O’Keefe, South Brunswick High School, Monmouth Junction, N.J.

The William G. Carr Award: Berthica Rodriguez-McCleary and Dena Sewell, ESOL Dual Language Assessment Center, Falls Church, Va.

Wal-Mart Teacher Awards

Wal-Mart recently named Hector Ibarra its National Teacher of the Year. Mr. Ibarra, a science teacher at West Branch Middle School in West Branch, Iowa, was selected from a pool of teachers from the 50 states and Puerto Rico. As the national winner, he earned $36,000 in grants for his school. The state winners each received $11,000 in grants for their schools. They are listed below by state:

Alabama: Machele Martin, Gulf Shores Middle School, Gulf Shores.

Alaska: Sharon Russell, Sherrod Elementary School, Palmer.

Arizona: John Vasey, Acacia Elementary School, Phoenix.

Arkansas: C. Joyce Taylor, Cook Elementary School, Fort Smith.

California: Carmen Munnelly, Gaspar de Portola Middle School, San Diego.

Colorado: Nancy England, Centennial Elementary School, Broomfield.

Connecticut: Debbye Vitti, Wintergreen Interdistrict Magnet School, Hamden.

Delaware: Nancy Wagner, Dover High School, Dover.

Florida: Joan Taddie, Bayside High School, Palm Bay.

Georgia: Carlos Jones, Camden County High School, Kingsland.

Hawaii: Susan Luehrs, Kahuku High & Intermediate School, Kahuku.

Idaho: Sylvia Haneke, McMillan Elementary School, Boise.

Illinois: Theresa Wilkie, Hinsdale Middle School, Hinsdale.

Indiana: Margaret Kelley, Perry-Worth Elementary School, Lebanon.

Kansas: Joyce Cowen, Fort Scott Middle School, Fort Scott.

Kentucky: Leslie Hughes, St. Joseph School, Crescent Springs.

Louisiana: Gina Allain, Whispering Forest Elementary School, Slidell.

Maine: Mary Merrill, Crescent Park Elementary School, Bethel.

Maryland: Michael Powell, Patuxent Elementary School, Upper Marlboro.

Massachusetts: Roberto Soto, Burncoat Middle School, Worcester.

Michigan: Randall Cook, Tri-County High School, Howard City.

Minnesota: Laura Linde, Hoover Elementary School, North Mankato.

Mississippi: Cathy Lutz, Madison Station Elementary School, Madison.

Missouri: Jude Huntz, The Barstow School, Kansas City.

Montana: Ryan Faulk, Chief Joseph Elementary School, Great Falls.

Nebraska: Sherry Retzlaff, Rushville High School, Rushville.

Nevada: Jenny Ricci, Brown Elementary School, Reno.

New Hampshire: Colleen Mannion, Goffstown High School, Goffstown.

New Jersey: Rebecca McLelland, Perth Amboy High School, Perth Amboy.

New Mexico: Carrie Ames, Gallup High School, Gallup.

New York: Kay Stewart, Horseheads Intermediate School, Horseheads.

North Carolina: Tommy Brian Freeman, II, Peterson Elementary School, Red Springs.

North Dakota: Jan Repnow, Wolford Public School, Wolford.

Ohio: Robert Sudomir, Louisville High School, Louisville.

Oklahoma: Zella Ruleford, Brassfield 5th and 6th Grade Center, Bixby.

Oregon: Sandra Baker, Alder Creek Middle School, Milwaukie.

Pennsylvania: Shirley Weaver, Hydetown Elementary School, Titusville.

Puerto Rico: Sandra Blondet, Angela Cordero Bernard School, Ponce.

Rhode Island: Raymond Raboin, Hopkins Hill Elementary School, Coventry.

South Carolina: Nancy Rushing, Mt. Pleasant Academy, Mt. Pleasant.

South Dakota: Jennifer Wiebersick, Laura Wilder Elementary School, Sioux Falls.

Tennessee: Lisa Roten, Adamsville Elementary School, Adamsville.

Texas: Margaret Feaster, Friendswood High School, Friendswood.

Utah: Marie Stevenson, Layton Elementary School, Layton.

Vermont: Alberta Harrington, Molly Stark Elementary School, Bennington.

Virginia: Debra Williams-Arthur, William Byrd High School, Vinton.

Washington: Derrell Sharp, Sequin High School, Sequin.

West Virginia: Deborah Dobosz, Weir Middle School, Weirton.

Wisconsin: Peg Medcraft, Osceola High School, Osceola.

Wyoming: Julie Peterson, Moorcroft Elementary School, Moorcroft.

Other Honors and Awards

Gov. Mark R. Warner of Virginia received the 2005 Distinguished Service Award from the Washington-based Council of Chief State School Officers.

Gov. Warner, a Democrat, was honored for his efforts to improve education for Virginia’s students, and his work as the chairman of the Washington-based National Governors’ Association. As chairman of the NGA, he led a national discussion about high school reform.

The Washington-based Council of Great City Schools and Aramark, a Philadelphia-based food, facility and student uniform service provider for school districts, recently honored Anna G. Dobson with the 2005 Richard R. Green Award in Urban Education.

Now retired, Ms. Dobson served on the school board of the 36,000-student Norfolk Public Schools in Norfolk, Va. for 12 years, and on the board of directors for the Council of the Great City Schools for 10 years. The award gives her a $10,000 scholarship to use for a senior at her former school system, or the system from which she graduated.

The New York City-based McGraw Hill Companies have announced the winners of the annual Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education. Each winner receives a cash prize of $25,000 for working to improve education in the United States.

The winners are:

Barbara Taylor Bowman, who co-founded the Chicago-based Erickson Institute, a graduate center in child development; Sharon Lynn Kagan, the associate dean for policy and the Marx Professor of Early Childhood and Family Policy at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City; and Ellen Moir, who founded the New Teacher Center, a Santa Cruz, Calif.-based organization dedicated to teacher preparation, induction, and support.

USAction, a Washington-based grassroots political organization, presented one of its three 2005 Progressive Leadership Awards to Reg Weaver, the president of the National Education Association, the 2.7-million member teachers’ union, which is also based in Washington. The awards honor individuals who promote a progressive agenda in several arenas, including public education.


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