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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 |



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).


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

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:


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

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:

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.



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:

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:

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.



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






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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