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The goal of the Winners’ Circle is to give recognition to members whose leadership has launched or adapted an effective program or practice, that achieves results, and that could be replicated in other districts. Consider these programs for implementation in your own district and feel free to contact awardees or MASA for more information or assistance.

2014 Nominations

MASA is accepting Winners' Circle nominees through November 18, 2013. Please complete and submit a nomination form.

2014 Winners

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  • Student Showcase Stage for Performing Arts
    -Dave Sipka, Muskegon Area Intermediate School District; with Joel Selby, Instructional Services Project Specialist
  • 21st Century learning Platform
    -Brian Davis, Holland Public Schools
  • Supportive Tuesdays
    -Keith D. Wunderlich, Ed. D., New Haven Community Schools; with Will Timmerman, New Haven High School Principal and Dayna Polehanki, New Haven High School Data Analyst
  • Pieces of Pride Program
    -H. Ronald Wollen, Port Huron Area School District; with Mike Palmer, Principal and Bethany Davis, Assistant Principal, Central Middle School
  • WatchDOGS
    Doni Pummell, Clare Public Schools; with Mandy Bolen, Principal, Amanda Emeott, Teacher, and parents  Shawn Abraham and  Tim Gallagher
  •  “Eagles Nest” Consolidates Area Nonprofits
    -Dr. W "Rusty" Stitt, Schoolcraft Community Schools; with the Schoolcraft Community School Board
  • Oxford Community Schools' Academy of Engineering & Technology and Middle School Pre-engineering Program
    -Dr. William Skilling , Oxford Community Schools; with Dr. James Schwarz, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum
  • Oak Park Alternative Education Center
    -Dr. Daveda J. Colbert, Oak Park School District; with Harry Baustist, Director, and Amire Congress, Principal, Oak Park Alternative Education Center
  • College Readiness through Personalized Blended Learning
    -Christine M. Johns, Ed.D., Utica Community Schools; with Robert Monroe, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning,  Mary Johnston, Ph.D., Executive Director of Innovation, Federal and State Programs and Curriculum, Catherine Einhaus, Director of Elementary Programs, Gabriella Meyers, Elementary Instructional Technology Coach, and UCS Elementary principals and teachers
  • H.O.S.A (Health Occupations Students of America) program
    -Dr. Daveda J. Colbert, Oak Park School District; with Lisa Harris, HOSA Teacher,and  Stan Trompeter, Executive Director of Curriculum and Title Program
  • Utica Center for Science and Industry (UCSI)
    -Christine M. Johns, Ed.D. , Utica Community Schools; with Robert McBroom, UCSI Program Administrator,  and UCSI teaching staff members Jill Rilley, Michael Allore, Megan Berry, Geoffrey Clark, Gregory Feldkamp, Elizabeth Jenkins, Stacey Knoll, Katherine Malik, and Scott Spry 


2013 Winners

  • End-of-Semester Intercession
    - Anthony Habra, Rudyard Area Schools; with principal Mark Pavloski and teachers Mike DeYoung and Steve Wilson, along with grade 6-12 staff
  • Lancer Leap
    - Lynn Aldrich Spearing, Ellsworth Community Schools
  • Cookin' Club
    - Nathan Robrahn, Montague Area Public Schools; With middle school principal Curt Hansen and community member Dave Pckard
  • Area 51
    - Patricia Walstra, Orchard View Schools; With OVMS Principal Jim Nielsen, Dean of Students/Instruction Kelli Arnold-Wegner, OVMS Counselor  Laura Wiles, and teachers Shelly Dorm and Ryan Wilson
  • Fusion Reading
    - Brian Davis, Holland Public Schools; With Director of Student Services Janette Cochran and teachers Michelle Arterburn and Susanne VanDrunen
  • Technology Integration Project
    - Brian Davis, Holland Public Schools; With Project-Based Learning Coach Phil Schlemmer and Technology Integration Specialist David Bast
  • Positive Psycology
    - Susan Wakefield, Plainwell Community Schools
  • Kindness Journal
    - David L. Sipka, Muskegon Area Intermediate School District
  • Great Start Safe Sleep Initiative
    - Jeff Mills, Van Buren Intermediate School District; With Bonita Suter, Early On Facilitator
  • Opportunity School
    - Dr. Randy Davis, Marshall Public Schools; With counselor Kathy Doud  and Bob Vaught, Director of the Marshall Alternative High School
  • Project Connect
    - Jeff Mills / Margie Murphy, Van Buren Intermediate School District With Margie Murphy, Supervisor of Early Education
  • K12 Alternative Energy Curriculum
    - Keith Wunderlich, New Haven Community Schools; With New Haven High School principal Carl Wagner, Endeavour Middle School principal David Rayes, and New Haven Elementary principal Gary Mrak
  • Fifth Core
    - Dr. William Skilling, Oxford Community Schools
  • Response to Bullying
    - Mr. Brian Whiston, Dearborn Public Schools; With Dr. Gail Shenkman, Associate Superintendent Secondary Education
  • Multi-tiered system of support
    - Michael Moreno, Waverly Community Schools; With teachers Nathan Stevenson, Nathan Jarvie, and David Pike

Honorable Mention:

  • Van Buren Public Transit use by special education students
    - Jeff Mills, Van Buren Intermediate School District; With VBISD Principal Ellen Winter, VBISD Program Assistant Carey Felt, Van Buren Public Transit Director Tony Dacoba, VBPT Dispatch Supervisor Laurie Schlipp, VBPT Driver Supervisor Jeff Radtke, and VBPT Lead Dispatcher Kim Parsell

2012 Winners

Honorable Mentions

 2011 Winners

Honorable Mentions
  • Gilmore Car Museum Program for At-risk High School Students
    - Jeff Jennette, Barry ISD
  • Food for Friends PRogram
    - Jeff Mills, Van Buren ISD 

2010 Winners

  • M.E.R.I.T.(Meaningful Education Rooted In Transition)Program
    - Tom TenBrink, Jenison Public Schools
  • Mentoring Program
    - Barbara A. Goebel, Flushing Community Schools 
  • Algebra II in the Workplace
    - William Pearson, South Lyon Community Schools
  • Integrated Enrichment/SpecialsThrough Blended Curriculums Assessment
    - Christine Beardsley, Oscoda Area Schools
  • Integrating Lessons on Honeybees and Beekeeping
    - Mike Wallace, St. Charles Community Schools 
  • Reading Workshop: 1st-3rd Grade
    - Tom Livezey, Oakridge Public Schools
  • Resources for Authentic Learning in Science (REAL Science)
    - Dr. Susan Meston, Muskegon Area Intermediate School District
  • 21st Century Learning Symposium
    - Dan DeGrow, St. Clair County RESA
  • Virtual Learning Academy of St. Clair County
    - Dan DeGrow, St. Clair County RESA
Honorable Mentions
  • Avondale High School Academic Center (AC)
    - Dr. George Heitsch, Avondale School District
  • Leslie ASPIRE Scholarship Program
    - Corey Netzley, Leslie Public Schools
  • Homelessness Project: Early Childhood Careers and Education High School Students
    - Jeff Mills, Van Buren Intermediate School District
  • Healthy Living Rewards System
    - Jeff Mills, Van Buren Intermediate School District

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