Annual Education Awards
Great schools require the coordinated efforts of dedicated individuals serving in diverse roles to provide opportunities for students. CASDA's Annual Capital Region Education Awards Dinner recognizes excellence in all corners of the school community. Organizations throughout the area recognize excellence in specific areas of educational practice.
On Friday, March 13, 2020 we were all faced with a new reality, the COVID-19 pandemic had officially arrived and by the week of Monday, March 16, 2020 everyone shifted to a remote learning environment. Consequently, CASDA’s Spring Awards Ceremonies were canceled. Though some awards ceremonies were held virtually, after much deliberation CASDA decided not to hold its celebrations virtually. The intimacy and personal interactive nature of these celebrations historically have been the main attraction. Additionally, we felt educators didn’t need to add one more item to their overflowing to-do lists. So, we waited for things to get better.
We hoped this Spring would be different, and although there is a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel with vaccinations on the rise, it remains in our opinion wise not to hold our celebrations in person. As a result, we thought our April Quarterly Newsletter would be a great place to recognize last year’s award winners and in turn, all educators for their perseverance, innovation, compassion and overall contributions to the lives of the children, families and communities they have served during these incredibly challenging times.
From the CASDA Executive Committee and Team to all of you, congratulations and thank you for your dedication and service! We hope to see you at an in-person celebration next year!
2020-2021 Award Winners
Nelsin J. Armlin Award
Steliana Philip, Special Education and Literacy MS Program
State University of Albany
Counselor of the Year Award
Shenendehowa High School
NYSPHSAA, Section 2 Athletic Director of the Year Award
Shenendehowa Central School District
Greater Capital Region Principals Center Board, Principal of the Year Award
Arbor Hill Elementary School, City School District Of Albany
Shatekon Elementary School, Shenendehowa Central School District
Menands School Principal, Menands Union Free School District
Excellence in District Administrative Leadership Award
Jennifer Schwabrow, Director of Special Education
Canajoharie Central School District
Excellence in School Board Service
Wells Central School
Excellence in School Psychology Award
Maple Hill Jr/Sr High School
25 Years of School Service Award
Dr. Deborah K. Kundert, Associate Professor & Division Director
School of Educational Counseling and Psychology, State University of Albany
NSDC Cooperative Leadership Award
Dr. Jason Lane, Dean
School of Education, State University of Albany