Local educators win regional awards
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Jan 08, 2013 | 4602 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two Tracy area educators have received high honors by the Association of California School Administrators naming them the superintendent of the year, and curriculum and instruction administrator of the year in the region.

Dale Hansen, Lammersville Unified School District Superintendent, and Carol Anderson-Woo, director of curriculum Tracy Unified School District, were notified by email in late December as the ACSA 2013 Region 7 winners.

Both educators will receive their administrator awards during the ACSA Region 7 annual spring conference May 3-5 in South Lake Tahoe.

Nearly 760 educational leaders belong to ACSA Region 7, which includes San Joaquin, Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne and Stanislaus counties

Every year at the region and state level, nominees for the award are recommended by co-workers from the 19 regions across the state, according to Rick Bartkowski, ACSA Region 7 awards committee chairman.

A committee then meets in mid-December to review all the applications and pick individual winners in 26 different categories.

“It’s very prestigious,” he said. “A lot of times the hard work doesn’t get recognition.”

Taking the lead in Hansen’s nomination were LUSD Assistant Superintendent Khushwinder Gill, and district employees Noel Balzarini, Alvina Keyser and Denise De La Torre.

“We nominated him for his leadership,” Gill said. “Shows that we are a team, Mr. Hansen is a team player. He always takes everybody’s input when decisions are being made or anything being done. He is somebody who cares about the students and cares about the community.”

Bartkowski said Hansen stood out as a winner because of his leadership to unite the district during the construction of new schools while still meeting the academic needs of the students.

“It really stood out above and beyond,” Bartkowski said regarding Hansen’s nomination.

Hansen learned he had won the award through an email he received in late December during the district’s winter break.

“I’m thrilled,” Hansen said. “I was totally surprised. There are some tremendous educators in the valley, deserving educators, so I was surprised (to win).”

“I think it’s a recognition of the whole district,” he said. “Not a whole lot of superintendents have the opportunity to build facilities like we have out here and unify a district.”

Nominating TUSD’s Anderson-Woo for curriculum and instruction administrator of the year was TUSD Director of Student Services Paul Hall.

“I think she does outstanding work in curriculum instruction,” Hall said. “One of the key people in our continuous improvement team that is helping the district as a whole to meet the goals and visions the superintendent and (school) board had developed.”

Anderson-Woo said regarding her award, “I think it’s a great honor. I think I just do my job. It’s an honor when other people see it as something worthy of recognition.”

In addition to winning the regional award, Anderson-Woo is also being entered by Hall for the state competition in her category.

“I believe she has a very strong chance of winning,” Bartkowski said.

According to their website, ACSA is the largest umbrella organization for school leaders in the nation, serving more than 16,000 school leaders. Their mission is to support California’s educational leaders; ensure all students have the essential skills and knowledge needed to excel; and champion public education.

Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.
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