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Honors and Awards

2016 A Champion in Education (ACE) Lifetime Achievement Award, presented in recognition of a lifetime of exemplary work in public education by the Eugene 4J, Bethel and Springfield School Districts.

2016 Turtle Award, Presented by the City Club of Eugene in recognition of her willingness to “stick her neck out” to achieve an important goal in the area of equity.

2016 University of Oregon Outstanding Alumni Award, presented in recognition of alumni for significant contributions in education and other fields that have had a national impact on educational policy, professional practice, community service, research or scholarship.

2013 Lane Council of Governments (LCOG), Outstanding Public Career Award
presented in recognition of outstanding service, leadership and commitment to the regional community.

2012 Tom Ruhl Leadership for Equity Award
presented in recognition of integrity, heart and passion exemplifying the attributes of an outstanding educator

2011 Oregon Superintendent of the Year Award
presented in recognition of success in every level of leadership, tremendous commitment and energy to every position held and for making a positive difference in the lives of children, parents and educators, 2011.

Cesar Chavez Celebration, SAfER Human Rights Leadership Award
presented in recognition of commitment to human rights and passionate conviction that every student deserves the best possible education in a positive learning environment, 2009.

Oregon Commission for Women, Women of Achievement Award
presented in recognition of work to significantly improve the lives of women in Oregon, 2009.

Oregon Association of School Libraries, Distinguished Library Service Award for School Administrators
presented in recognition of enthusiastic support of libraries in promoting literacy, 2009.

Springfield Chamber of Commerce, Springfield’s First Citizen Award
presented in recognition of commitment to the community and numerous community volunteer activities, 2008.

100 District Leaders for Civic Engagement and Service-Learning
selected to participate with a network of national educators to provide a national voice to help strengthen the commitment of leaders as they create and foster effective citizenship education, 2008.

2006 Bev Gladder Mentorship Award
presented in recognition for inspiration and leadership by colleagues from around the state, 2006.

2005/06 Distinguished Service Award for State Action for Education Leadership Project
In recognition for work to establish new guidelines for teacher training and licensing and promoting partnerships to increase student achievement, 2005-06.

University of Oregon, Leading Into Leadership Award
Presented in recognition of positive & sustained influence on the lives and learning achievement of children, 2005.

Springfield Rotary, Vocational Service Recognition Award
presented in recognition of outstanding vocational service to the Springfield community and its children, 2005.

University of Oregon, Award for Leadership 
presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of Educational Leadership, 2004-05.

Springfield Chamber of Commerce, President’s Award
presented for outstanding support and commitment to the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, 2004.

Oregon Association of Central Office Administrators (OACOA), Achievement of Excellence Award for Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction, given by the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA), 1997.

Administrator of the Year, Albany School District, 1997.

Excellence in Educational Leadership Award, given by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), 1997.

Educational Excellence Award from Santiam Region, given by the College of Education Alumni Society (COEAS), 1997.

LislWaechter Award, given by the Arc of Lane County, 1993.