Education Commentary


May 12, 1999 4 min read

American Hero in Education Awards

The 1999 American Hero in Education Awards, sponsored by Reader’s Digest, honored 10 educators identified as solving some of the critical problems facing the nation’s schools. The winners each received $5,000, and their schools each received $10,000.

The recipients and their schools are: Stanley L. Culotta, Holy Cross High School, San Antonio; Joan K. Elam, James Monroe High School, North Hills, Calif.; Betty J. Hines, Southwestern High School, Detroit; Keith J. Mastrion, DuBose Middle School, Summerville, S.C.; Thomas J. Porton, Monroe Academy for Visual Arts & Design, New York City.

James S. Reed, John Ireland Elementary School, Dallas; Marcey G. Reyes, Seward Communication Arts Academy, Chicago; Carmella Williams Scott, Fairmount Alternative School, Newnan, Ga.; Stephen R. Simonson, West Bainbridge Middle School, Bainbridge, Ga.; Maudye J. Winget, Sadler Arts Academy, Muskogee, Okla.

Education Reporting Awards

The 1998 National Awards for Education Reporting, sponsored by the Education Writers Association, were given to education reporters and writers from print and broadcast media. The awards honor education reporting produced by individuals and published or broadcast last year. The first-place winners, who each received $250 and a plaque, are listed below by category.

Breaking News, Newspapers Under 100,000 Circulation: Lisa Elliott, The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News; Feature, Newspapers Under 100,000 Circulation: Nigel Jaquiss, Willamette Week, Portland, Ore.; News Feature or Issue Package, Newspapers Under 100,000 Circulation: Jacqueline Smith, John Pettit, and Glenn Smith, Record-Journal, Meriden, Conn.; Series or Group of Articles, Newspapers Under 100,000 Circulation: John Newsom, News & Record of Greensboro, N.C.;Investigative Reporting, Newspapers Under 100,000 Circulation: Marjorie Hack, Staten Island (N.Y.) Advance; Opinion, Newspapers Under 100,000 Circulation: David Barham, The News-Star, Monroe, La.; Special Section or Page Under 100,000 Circulation: Jondi Gumz, Santa Cruz County (Calif.) Sentinel.

Breaking News, Newspapers Over 100,000 Circulation: Dana Tims, Brian T. Meehan, Ashbel S. Green, Janet Filips, Gail Kinsey Hall, Romel Hernandez, Patrick O’Neill, Betsy Hammond, Kate Taylor, Maya Blackmun, Laura Trujillo, Steve Jones, Katy Muldoon, Erin Hoover, Tom Hallman, Jr., Dave Hogan, Scott Learn, Angela Cara Pancrazio, and Nena Baker, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.; Feature, Newspapers Over 100,000 Circulation: Dale Mezzacappa, The Philadelphia Inquirer; News Feature Package, Newspapers Over 100,000 Circulation: Kent Fischer, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, Series, Newspapers Over 100,000 Circulation: Dale Mezzacappa, The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Investigative Reporting, Newspapers Over 100,000 Circulation: Deb Kollars, Sacramento (Calif.) Bee; Opinion,Newspapers Over 100,000 Circulation: Andrea Neal, The Indianapolis Star; Special Section or Page Over 100,000 Circulation: Connie Langland, Monica Rohr, Richard Jones, and Neill A. Borowski, The Philadelphia Inquirer; National Magazine: Claudia Wallis, Wendy Cole, Margot Hornblower, and James Collins, Time, New York City; Regional, Local Magazine: Larry Van Dyne, Washingtonian, Washington; Special Interest, Trade Publications: Caroline Hendrie, Education Week, Bethesda, Md.; Television--Hard News and Investigative: Becky Oliver, KDFW-TV, Dallas; Television--Documentary and Feature: Howard Weinberg, Priority Productions, New York City; Radio: Kathryn Baron, KQED-FM, San Francisco.

Excellence and Innovation Awards

The 1999 Awards for Excellence and Innovation, sponsored by the American Association for Career Education, were given to two organizations for excellence and innovation in programs, practices, and publications. The recipients are: Manufacturing Technology Academy, Traverse City Area Intermediate School District, Traverse City, Mich.; and Career Planning Web Site, Thomas More College, Crestview Hills, Ky.

Reading Is Everything Awards

The Reading Is Everything awards, sponsored by Scott Foresman, the elementary educational publisher, and the National Teachers Hall of Fame, have honored 10 reading teachers for their effectiveness in teaching young students to read.

The recipients are: Patricia Anne Barbato, Thomas A. Hendricks Community Academy, Chicago; Susan Carroll, Sacred Heart Parish School, Hollister, Calif.; Drucilla W. Clark, Shongum School, Randolph, N.J.; Vivien A. Delgado, Egremont Elementary School, Pittsfield, Mass.; Melissa Buentipo Gorman, Las Colinas Elementary School, Irving, Texas.

Bruce Hansen, Ridgewood Elementary School, Portland, Ore.; Elany Acosta Hodder, Coral Way Elementary Bilingual School, Miami; Colby Millman, Maniscalco Elementary School, Lutz, Fla.; Sandra M. O’Hara, Hurd Road School, Monroe, Mich.; Mobi Warren Phillips, Inez Foster Elementary School, San Antonio.

Other Honors and Awards

Dennis Erickson, science teacher, The Latin School of Chicago, was the recipient of the Eudcast Lesson Plan Award, sponsored by Knowledge Adventure, AT&T WorldNet Service, and Compaq Computer Corp. Mr. Erickson was recognized for his project “Hunting for Asteroids,” a program that aids students in discovering new asteroids and comets by using the Internet.

Anne Ford, chairwoman, National Center for Learning Disabilities, has received the Lizette H. Sarnoff Award, presented by the New York City chapter of the National Women’s Division of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Ms. Ford won the award for her achievements in focusing national attention on learning disabilities in children and adults.

A version of this article appeared in the May 12, 1999 edition of Education Week as Honors