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The National Middle School Association has named three recipients of its inaugural Distinguished Educator Awards. The winners were recognized for building strategies to improve middle school students’ academic and developmental growth. The Columbus, Ohio-based association represents more than 29,000 middle-level educators and parents. It plans to give the awards annually.

The 2004 winners are:

Craig Martin

Craig Martin, the assistant principal of the 480-student A.W. Coolidge Middle School in Reading, Mass. Mr. Martin, 41, previously worked as a language arts teacher at Coolidge. He earned his award by acting as a team leader at the school and serving as the chairman of various school committees.

Maureen C. Furr

Maureen C. Furr, the principal of the 1,170-student Jay M. Robinson Middle School in Charlotte, N.C. She has been a principal in the 116,850-student Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district for 12 years. Ms. Furr, 51, was recognized for her leadership in several schools that were honored for academic excellence. She was also chosen by the district to help get several new middle schools up and running.

Mark A. Springer

Mark A. Springer, the creator of the Soundings Program, an interdisciplinary curriculum for 8th graders at the 850-student Radnor Middle School in Wayne, Pa. Mr. Springer, 53, a Radnor teacher, was also a co-creator and teacher of the nationally recognized Watershed Program, in which 7th graders plan their own interdisciplinary curricula.

Vol. 24, Issue 12, Page 5

Published in Print: November 17, 2004, as Educators in Middle Come Out on Top

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