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November 19, 2010

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Purpose Prize Summit

During the weekend of November 12-14, Dr. Adrienne O'Neill attended the Purpose Prize Summit - a program of Civic Ventures' Encore Careers campaign. The weekend-long event was held in Philadelphia. Dr. O'Neill attended the invitation-only event as a 2008 Purpose Prize Fellow.

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Kristina BlairAnother "Oscar of Teaching" Goes to Stark County

It's hailed by Teacher Magazine as the "Oscar of Teaching," and Stark County has four.

The Milken Educator Awards[1], launched in 1987, is recognized as the nation's preeminent teacher recognition program.  Since that time, more than 2,400 K-12 teachers, principals and specialists have been recognized across the nation. More than $60 Kristina Blair with Checkmillion in individual, unrestricted $25,000 awards have accompanied the prize.

Last month, Kristina Blair, a teacher at Franklin Elementary School in the Massillon City Schools, became the only Ohio educator to receive the award this year. State Superintendent Deborah S. Delisle had this to say about Blair, "(She) is an extraordinary educator and teacher-leader in her district. Her inspiring and creative daily lessons make learning relevant, concrete and memorable for her students. She is dedicated to preparing all students with the essential skills they need to be successful in the 21st century."

Blair's award was a singular honor for Stark County. She also joins distinguished local company for this is not the first time a Stark County educator has been so honored. Other recipients are:

  •  Julie Herman - 2006 - Intervention Specialist, Allen Elementary School (Canton City)
  •  Nancy Varian - 1994 - Teacher, East Canton Elementary School (Osnaburg)
  •  Nadine Mcllwain - 1993 - Principal, B.F. Stanton Middle School (Alliance)
[2] Photos courtesy of Milken Family Foundation
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