AFSA Announces Winners of School Administrator Leadership Award

WASHINGTON--()--May 3, 2005--The American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), AFL-CIO -- the only national labor union for public school principals, assistant principals, administrators, and supervisors -- announced today the winners of its first annual Distinguished Leadership Award.

"Each day, school administrators are held accountable for student achievement," stated AFSA National President Baxter Atkinson. "The AFSA Distinguished Leadership Award holds school administrators accountable, too -- for the commendable job they do against practically insurmountable obstacles."

Listed by state, and including their topic of expertise, the 2005 AFSA Distinguished Leadership Awardees are:


    Kevin Truitt, Principal, Mission High School, San Francisco,
    Calif., residing in San Francisco, Calif. Topic: Overcoming 


    James Thompson, Ed.D, former principal of Simpson-Waverly School,
    Hartford, currently Education Consultant, and Treasurer, Conn.
    Federation of School Administrators, lives in Hartford, Conn. 
    Topic: Mentoring.

District of Columbia/Maryland

    C. Stephen Wallis, Harper's Choice Middle School, Columbia, Md.,
    lives in Ellicott City, Md. Topic: Entrepreneurial/Community.

    Gladys Camp, Ed.D, Principal, Thompson Elementary School, 
    Washington, D.C., resident of Croom, Md. Topic: Overcoming 

New York

    Stephen Bennett, Principal, Middle School 81, Bronx, N.Y., resides
    in Yonkers, N.Y. Topic: Mentoring and Professional Development.
    Phyllis Corbin, Principal, P.S. 269, Brooklyn, N.Y., lives in
    Brooklyn, N.Y. Topic: Instructional Leadership.

    Gregory M. Hodge, Ph.D, Principal, the Frederick Douglass Academy,
    New York, N.Y., lives in Bronx, N.Y. Topic: Entrepreneurial.

    Leonard Golubchick, Ph.D, Principal, P.S. 20, Manhattan, N.Y.,
    resides in New York, N.Y. Topic: Instructional Leadership.

The AFSA Distinguished Leadership Award is presented annually to school administrators who exemplify a high standard of performance and professionalism, and meet specific requirements. Each awardee must be an education leader, an AFSA member in good standing, and meet one or more of the following criteria:

    1.  overcame extraordinary hurdles in turning around their school,
        department, or office;

    2.  served as a mentor to other administrators;

    3.  practices extraordinary communication and human relations
        skills; and/or

    4.  exemplifies one or more of the characteristics of
        professionalism: demonstrated excellence as an instructional 
        leader; entrepreneurial skills or other economic support for 
        their school or district; and/or engages the school community 
        to bring about positive change.

Awardees will present their achievements and innovative ideas to peers nationwide at AFSA's annual leadership conference, Education Administrators' Network: Promoting Best Practices. Following their presentations, winners will receive their awards during a dinner event. The conference will be held in Boston, May 14th, 2005.

"We are pleased and proud to tell the stories of school administrators. The public hears the bottom line, but oftentimes doesn't have the opportunity to hear about the challenges and obstacles administrators overcome to raise student achievement," said President Atkinson. "The innovations of these administrators are an inspiration to educators nationwide. Congratulations!"

Photos and more information are available upon request.

The American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), AFL-CIO is the only national labor union representing public school principals, assistant principals, administrators, and supervisors. AFSA has been fighting for quality public school education since 1976. AFSA provides labor, legislative, political, professional, occupational, and leadership services, and benefits to over 20,000 members nationwide and in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

    President: Baxter Atkinson Executive Vice President: Jill Levy
            Secretary: Roch Girard Treasurer: Diann Woodard


American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA)
Diane Landry King, 301-528-6667


American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA)
Diane Landry King, 301-528-6667