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Salem-Keizer Crystal Apple Awards

The Western Oregon Univeristy College of Education proudly supports the Salem-Keizer Crystal Apple Awards program, which recognizes exemplary teachers, administrators, counselors, psychologists and support staff throughout the public school district. The awards program is presented by the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation, Salem-Keizer Public Schools, Salem Area Chamber of Commerce and Keizer Chamber of Commerce.

 

With WOU's long history of teacher education in Oregon, it is no surprise that each year a number of nominees and award winners are our graduates. In addition to honoring outstanding practitioners throughout the school district, the annual ceremony features an award to a promising future teacher from an area high school. This $1,200 scholarship to attend WOU is funded by the College of Education.

 

For more information on the program, visit the Web site at Salem-Keizer Public Schools. Here is recent information about the Crystal Apple Awards and its connections with the WOU College of Education. Link to: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 |

 

2011

The annual Salem-Keizer Crystal Apple Awards event honored 41 educators who were recicpients and nominees of awards. The group included 30 teachers or educators who could have chosen to earn a degree at WOU during their careers, because of the variety of programs that we offer. The ceremony was held Nov. 10 at Historic Elsinore Theatre in Salem. Several WOU faculty and administrators attend the event each year.

WOU President Mark Weiss with Bridget Rogers, winner of the 9th annual WOU Crystal Apple Awards scholarship.Bridget Rogers won the 9th annual WOU College of Education Scholarship and receives congratulations from Mark Weiss, WOU interim president.

 

Out of those 30 nominees:

- 21 are classroom teachers

- 12 of 21 teachers have taken courses at WOU - 57%

- 9 of 21 teachers completed a teacher preparation program at WOU - 43%

- 5 additional school/district staff have taken courses at WOU

- 10 of 30 educators (includes jobs for which we don't offer programs) completed a teacher preparation program at WOU - 33%

- 17 of 30 educators have either taken coursework or completed a degree at WOU - 57%

 

Congratulations to these distinguished WOU alumni who received nomination:

Lizi Aguilar-Nelson, Amy Baldwin, Teri Birkel, Shanda Brown, Olga Cobb, Diane DiPasquale*, Monica Fiedler, Susana Ghio, Marnie Grimmell, Kelly Hansen, Bridget Hawley, Mary Heintzman, Lisa Luehrs, Mark Martinmaas, Martha Ochoa, Stephanie Razmus and Tracy Thornton.

 

*Diane DiPasquale entered the WOU Special Educator Program in spring 2005 and completed her master of science degree and special education teaching license in summer 2006. She received a Student-of-the-Year Award in June 2006 for academic excellence and her outstanding performance in the three required field experiences. She is learning resource teacher at Grant Community School in Salem and works with students who have a variety of disabilities including a large number of English Language Learners (ELL).


2010

Avi Hernandez, left

Avi Hernandez, left, was in the spotlight as he received the annual WOU College of Education scholarship.

Congratulations to all Salem-Keizer Crystal Apple Award recipients and nominees. They were honored at the 14th annual awards event at Historic Elsinore Theater in Salem on Nov. 18. Of the 12 award winners, nine are teachers or administrators of whom three are WOU graduates. Among those teachers who were nominated, 16 percent are WOU alumni.

 

Crystal Apple Award recipients

  • Shannon Bateman, LRC teacher, Bush Elementary School - WOU alumni
  • Don Berger, English teacher and coach, North Salem High School - WOU '82 and '78
  • Dana Costa, library/media specialist, Lee Elementary School
  • Ryan Hari, mathematics teacher, Parrish Middle School
  • Mike Lampert, science teacher, West Salem High School
  • John Mangan, German teacher, McNary High School - WOU alumni
  • Michele Nowlin, kindergarten teacher, Gubser Elementary School - WOU alumni
  • Lara Tiffin, principal, Judson Middle School

Other highlights:
- The 8th annual WOU Crystal Apple Awards Scholarship was awarded to Avi Hernandez, pictured here. A WOU freshman, he is a pre-Teacher Education major.
- The first annual Business Partner Award went to MaPS Credit Union in Salem and was accepted by Mark Zook and Cori Frauendiener (WOU '67).

 

More WOU graduates were nominated:

  • Jobeth Coe, Whiteaker Middle School
  • Tracy Keuler, Houck Middle School
  • Rich Schaefer, Judson Middle School

2009

Nominees and recipients were honored at the Nov. 12 annual awards event. Of the 12 recipients, nine are teachers or administrators and six (66%) of those are WOU graduates.

 

2009 WOU scholarship winner Heather Mischke, left, with Dean Hilda Rosselli

Hilda Rosselli, dean of the WOU College of Education, congratulates Heather Mischke at the Salem-Keizer Crystal Apple Awards event. Heather received the annual WOU COE Scholarship. A 2009 South Salem High graduate, she is pursuing a degree in education.

Crystal Apple Award recipients

  • Stacie Creighton, North Salem High School
  • Brian Eriksen, South Salem High School
  • Brenda Hauswirth, West Salem High School
  • Scott May, Crossler Middle School
  • Mary Paulson, Superintendent's office
  • Christina Tracy, Howard Street Charter School

WOU graduates receive nomination
Of the 56 nominees honored at the event, 39 were teachers or administrators, 17 of whom are WOU graduates (44%). They are:

  • David Best, Stephens Middle School
  • Christine Bowlby, Swegle Elementary School
  • Marlo Cleary, McNary High School
  • Stacie Creighton, North Salem High School
  • Brian Eriksen,  South Salem High School
  • Jennifer Foster, Scott Elementary School
  • Laurie Hatfield, Sprague High School
  • Brenda Hauswirth, West Salem High School
  • Scott May, Crossler Middle School
  • Rose Morales, Crossler Middle School
  • Michael Murdock, Sprague High School
  • Mary Paulson, Chief Information Officer
  • Tracy Phipps, Sprague High School
  • Shawn Stanley, West Salem High School
  • Scott Stenlund, Myers Elementary School
  • Andy Thomas, Whiteaker Middle School
  • Christina Tracy, Howard Street Charter School

Also featured was the 7th annual WOU Crystal Apple Awards Scholarship recipient Heather Mischke, a WOU freshman and 2009 South Salem High School graduate. Kudos also go to WOU graduate student Bill Hamlin, whose film vignette, A Tribute to Educators, was shown at the event.

 

2008

Jeremy Horton and WOU administrators at 2008 award ceremony

Jeremy Horton, second from left, received the annual WOU College of Education scholarship at the 2008 Salem-Keizer Crystal Apple Awards. He graduated this year from McKay High School in Salem. Also pictured (l. to r.) are WOU President John Minahan, College of Education Dean Hilda Rosselli, and Vice President of Academic Affairs Kent Neely.

Of the 10 teachers and administrators who were selected as winners, six earned their degrees from WOU and three earned two degrees.

 

Award winners are:

  • Laura Daniel - teacher at Swegle Elementary, '89 undergradaute program, '98 MS Education - handicapped learner
  • Matthew Faatz - teacher at Whiteaker Middle, '88 undergraduate program, '99 MS Education - language arts and social studies
  • Lorelei Gilmore - Principal at Four Corners Elementary, '86 undergraduate program, '92 MS Education - language arts
  • Christine Haskell - teacher at Salem Heights Elementary, '01 undergraduate program - early childhood/elementary
  • Lester Charles, Jr. - teacher at Sprague High, '96 MS Education - social studies
  • Joshua Scott - teacher at McNary High, '01 MAT - advanced mathematics

WOU graduates receive nomination

The 12th annual awards ceremony was Nov. 13, 2008, at The Historic Elsinore Theatre in Salem. Here are nominees with WOU connections:

  • Chris Allen - teacher at North Salem High, '00 undergraduate program, plus graduate hours - social studies
  • Lester Charles, Jr. - teacher at Sprague High, '96 MS Education - social studies
  • Laura Daniel - teacher at Swegle Elementary, '89 undergradaute program, '98 MS Education - handicapped learner
  • Matthew Faatz - teacher at Whiteaker Middle, '88 undergraduate program, '99 MS Education - language arts and social studies
  • Lorelei Gilmore - Principal at Four Corners Elementary, '86 undergraduate program, '92 MS Education - language arts
  • James Harms - teacher at Leslie Middle, '86 undergraduate program, '98 MS Education - social studies
  • Christine Haskell - teacher at Salem Heights Elementary, '01 undergraduate program - early childhood/elementary
  • Paula Hassenstab - teacher at Chapman Hills Elementary, graduate hours
  • Kathleen Hill - district facilities services, graduate hours
  • Gayle Korfhage - teacher at Lee Elementary, '79 undergraduate program, plus graduate hours
  • Aaron Level - teacher at Wright Elementary, '99 undergraduate program, '02 ESOL endorsement, '03 MS Education - early childhood/elementary
  • Donna Lipscomb - teacher at Liberty Elementary, graduate hours
  • Sonya Lyon - teacher at South Salem High, '05 undergraduate - social studies, '07 MS Education - special education, middle level/high
  • Jack Martino - teacher at McKay High, '92 undergraduate program, '98 MS Education - advanced mathematics
  • Daniel Mills - teacher at South Salem High, '97 MS Education - bilingual/ESOL
  • Philip Nickel - teacher at Sprague High, '96 undergraduate program, '01 MS Education - social studies
  • Frankie Osborne - teacher at Parrish Middle, '92 MS Education - language arts
  • Betty Ostrom - teacher at Four Corners Elementary, '70 undergraduate program
  • Carolyn Ream - teacher at Whiteaker Middle, graduate hour
  • Dawn Reichle Bailon - teacher at McNary High, '94 undergraduate program, '97 MS Education - integrated science
  • Robin Richards - teacher at Walker Middle, '79 undergraduate program, plus gradute hours
  • Karina Rodriguez - teacher at Swegle Elementary, graduate hours
  • Joshua Scott - teacher at McNary High, '01 MAT - advanced mathematics
  • Terry Shrout - teacher at Claggett Creek Middle, graduate hours
  • Daryl Stickles - teacher at North Salem High, '89 undergraduate program, '92 MS Education - integrated science
  • Cielo Tahmaseb - teacher at Richmond Elementary, graduate hours
  • Amy Tipelin - teacher/literacy coach at Clear Lake Elementary, graduate hours
  • Randall Toews - counselor at Hoover Elementary, graduate hours

2008 fast facts about the WOU College of Education: Of the 41 nominees who are either teachers or principals, 26 have taken classes here, 19 have completed at least one degree here, and 12 have completed both undergraduate and graduate degrees here.

 

2007

Crystal Apple 2007

Ashley Durschmidt (center) beams Nov. 15, 2007, after receiving the WOU scholarship given annually at the Salem-Keizer Crystal Apple Awards. Also pictured (l. to r.) are WOU President John Minahan; Christi McAfee and Linda St. Pierre, both WOU alumni and 2006 Crystal Apple recipients; and College of Education Dean Hilda Rosselli. Ashley, a 2007 McKay High School (Salem) honors graduate, is a pre-education major at WOU interested in teaching young children.

Nearly one-third of nominees are WOU alumni.

 

Award winners are:

'75 Rhonda Hansen (Education), Keizer Elementary

'90, '95 Rich Swartzentruber (Biology), North Salem High

 

Nominees who have ties to WOU include:

'94 Kristin Anderson, Sprague High

'88, '96 Kristin Burgess, Judson Middle

'89, '01 Sheri Burleson, Sprague High

'99 John Dixon, South Salem High

'96 Scott DuFault, South Salem High

'91, '97 Mark Gilman, North Salem High

'89 Fritz Juengling, Sprague High

'74, '78 Sandi Levak, Myers Elementary

'76 Meri McLeod, West Salem High

'86 Steve Nelson, Leslie Middle

'04 Colleen Post (Special Education), Whiteaker Middle

'01 Jennifer Rowan (Special Education), Lee Elementary

'74, '84 Susan Studebaker, Leslie Middle

'96 Jeff Swartwout, Sprague High

'80 Carla Vande Griend, (Special Education), Parrish Middle

 

 

 

 

2006

Crystal Apple scholars 2003-2006

Four WOU Crystal Apple Scholarship recipients unite at the 10th annual Salem-Keizer Crystal Apple Awards event on Nov. 16, 2006. Left to right: Amanda Fleer (2006 recipient), Mari Vásquez (2003), College of Education Dean Hilda Rosselli, WOU President John Minahan, Megan McCann (2004), and Elise Anderson (2005).

Several Willamette Valley educators who are alumni of the WOU College of Education were nominated for Salem-Keizer Crystal Apple awards at the 10th anniversary gala.

 

The three award winners are:

'93, '96 Olga Gloria, Compensatory Education

'01, '04 Christi McAfee, Kennedy Elementary

'83 Linda St. Pierre, Keizer Elementary

 

Award nominees are:

'00, '03/04 Tony Brandt, Houck Middle

'86 Kathie Bridges, Pringle Elementary

'79 Steve Bulen, Brush College Elementary

'99 Matt Faatz, Whiteaker Middle

'91 Molly Goldstein, Howard Street Charter

'01, '06 Michelle Halter, Harritt Elementary

'99, '04 Meghan Lavis, St. Joseph Catholic School

'90, '94 Mary Leach-Provancha, Sprague High

'85 Tim Lewis, Sumpter Elementary

'89 Susanne Riley, Clear Lake Elementary

'90, '96 Philip Rodin, Sprague High

'96, '03 Shawn Stanley, West Salem High

'92 Marni Watts, Parrish Middle

 

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