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  • Hall of Fame School Recognition Program
  • Distinguished Principal Award
  • Assistant Principal Award
  • D. Richard Murray Service Award
  • Do you know an exemplary individual or school who should be rewarded?

    Please read about OAESA's award programs by clicking on each program in the box to the right or by scrolling down the page. If you would like to send us a nomination, click on the PDFs to the brochures below. Inside each are details about nomination requirements, deadlines, and additional information about the programs.

    OAESA Hall of Fame School Recognition Program

    Exemplary educational programs that go above and beyond meeting the needs of students in elementary and middle level schools across the state are recognized annually through the OAESA Hall of Fame School Recognition Program. This award has been distributed since 1984.

    Congratulations 2013 Hall of Fame School Recognition Winners:

    South Elementary School, Lancaster City Schools
    Kalida Elementary School, Kalida Local Schools
    Isham Elementary School, Wadsworth City Schools
    Lake Elementary School, Mentor Exempted Village Schools
    Evening Street School, Worthington City Schools

    OAESA Distinguished Principal Award
    Honorees are selected by 
    their colleagues for achievements above and beyond those expected in the usual school program. The criterion for the selection of the OAESA Distinguished Principal has been set by OAESA, NAESP, and the United States Department of Education. OAESA has been recognizing Ohio's outstanding administrators since 1984.

    Congratulations 2013 Distinguished Principal Award Winner, Cheryl Montag, principal of J.F. Burns Elementary in Kings Local Schools. Cheryl will represent Ohio in October as the 2013 recipient of the prestigious National Distinguished Principal (NDP) Award from the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). A graduate of Bowling Green State University, with a Bachelor of Science degree, Wright State University wit ha Masters of Science degree, and having obtained her administration degree from the University of Cincinnati/Wright State University, Mrs. Montag previously held the position of first and second grade teacher at J.F. Burns Elementary before serving as the assistant principal. She has been principal at J.F. Burns since 1997 and has spent her entire teaching career in the Kings School District.

    OAESA Outstanding Assistant Principal Award

    Congratulations 2013 Outstanding Assistant Principal Award Winner, 
    Douglas Higham, from Geo G. Dodge Intermediate in Twinsburg City Schools. 

    Students, staff and parents shared about his commitment to the implementation of the Olweus Bullying Program and the success of reducing bullying behaviors in the building. The Twinsburg City Schools Superintendent, Kathryn Powers, spoke of Mr. Higham's work with district teachers in creating Student Learning Objectives and with district leaders about using student data for school and district improvement initiatives. We heard from teachers about the support they felt in critical meetings as well the comfort they experienced in knowing that Doug's office door was always open for discussions. In her letter of reference, his principal, Mrs. Barb Werstler stated, "During this short time, he has impressed me as an instructional leader, collaborator, and visionary member of the staff."


    To recognize D. Richard Murray, Emeritus OAESA Executive Director, the OAESA Board of Directors has annually presented an award to an individual who has provided outstanding service benefitting administrators and the children they serve during the most recent year.

    Congratulations 2013 D. Richard Murray Service Award Winner: Dr. Lucy Ozvat

    Lucy Ozvat served OAESA as the Member Services Director, and retired as of June 30, 2013. During her time in this position, Dr. Ozvat helped members with legal issues, lobbied for the organization, and oversaw the professional development program. Dr. Ozvat's tireless dedication and service to the school children of Ohio made her an obvious candidate for the D. Richard Murray Service Award.


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