Educators and School Community Members Honored at Awards Dinner

May 9, 2016

CASDA hosted its Annual Capital Region Education Awards Dinner on April 20, honoring current administrators, teachers, future educators, and friends of education. This year’s honorees represented educators from more than a dozen Capital Region districts.


The annual dinner included awards from the National School Development Council (NSDC), the Greater Capital Region Principals Center, the Capital District Counseling Association (CDCA), Phi Delta Kappa Foundation (PDK), and CASDA’s governing board. The dinner was attended by over 200 people who came out to support their colleagues and friends.


The National School Development Council presented the Cooperative Leadership Award to Norma Meacham of the law firm Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna for her work supporting the school study council movement. Joby Gifford, Chair of the Greater Capital Region Principals’ Center Board, presented the award for Principal of the Year. Each year, the Board accepts nominations from area school districts for the “Principal of the Year” award. The Principals’ Center has a long history of recognizing building principals from the Greater Capital Region who have provided outstanding leadership in their districts. This year’s winner was Briann Dunn, Principal of Troy Middle School.


Daniel Fogarty, president the CDCA, presented this year’s Counselor of the Year Award to Mary Quinn, a counselor at Shenendehowa CSD’s Shatekon Elementary School. Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) Foundation members Dr. Philip Fusco and Mary Milford presented Prospective Educator Scholarship Awards to high school students Maja DeGaray, Saratoga High School; Amanda Lewis, Glens Falls High School; Eliza Stewart, Troy High School; and Rachel Dorr, Coxsackie-Athens High School.


The Nelson J. Armlin Scholarship, a $1,000 annual award created in the memory of the longtime educator, administrator and past CASDA Associate Director, was awarded to Daniel Van Winkle who is pursuing his Masters of Science in Secondary Ed (MSSE) at UAlbany.


This year, CASDA presented its Friends of Education Awards for the second year. The award was created to recognize those who are considered indispensable members of their school communities. The winners display dedication and commitment that profoundly impacts the educational experience of students. This year’s winners included Dr. Thomas and Ellen Fitzgerald, Albany Catholic Schools; Jay Freeman, New Lebanon; Tami Johnston and Debbie Pulcher, Hudson CSD; Malik Jones, Albany CSD; Sharon Lawrence, Averill Park CSD; Frank Leak, South Colonie CSD; Patricia Loonan-Testo, Menands CSD; Heather Maassmann, Cairo-Durham CSD; and David Capitula, Watervliet CSD.

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