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Educators, Habitat official receive Golden Apple awards

February 21, 2011|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com

Several educators and a Habitat for Humanity official were presented with Golden Apple awards at last week’s Washington County Board of Education meeting.

Golden Apple awards were given to Kathy Powderly, development director of Habitat for Humanity of Washington County; Darlene Teach, retired principal/project coordinator for the Women Build Educators’ House; and Kathy Stiles, Rockland Woods Elementary principal and participant in the Women Build Educators’ House, according to the Feb. 15 board meeting agenda.

The women talked about an upcoming Women Build project focused on getting educators, male and female, involved in the construction of a Habitat house on Salem Avenue in Hagerstown. Work could begin in April.

The house will be for a single mother of three children, one of whom is autistic, Powderly said. The mother, a home-based teacher and family support specialist for Head Start, is working toward a degree in early childhood education, Powderly said.

Golden Apple awards were given to Betsy Donohoe, principal at Emma K. Doub School for Integrated Arts and Technology; Theresa Williamson, principal of Fountaindale School for the Arts and Academic Excellence; and Clyde Harrell, director of prekindergarten to 12th-grade curriculum and instruction.

Donohoe and Williamson were honored because their schools qualified for the Maryland Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education School Award.

Harrell was honored for being named outstanding educator-school system administrator by the Maryland State Advisory Council on Gifted and Talented Education.

A Golden Apple award also was presented to Michael Thorsen, principal of Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, on behalf of the school for receiving the 2011 New and Emerging Arts School Award by the Arts School Network.

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