The applications period for the 2020 Awards Program has closed.
Check back on October 4th, 2021 for the 2022 nomination information. Congratulations to all of our 2020 and 2021 honorees! 

 OAESA Recognition Programs   


An Update on OAESA's 2020 and 2021 Recognition Awards Program

School closures due to COVID-19 have caused many disruptions and demands for adaptation, including the abrupt halt to the OAESA Recognition Awards Process. In March, we were in the middle of the visitation stage of our process with some of the nominees already visited, and others not. When it became apparent that no school visits would be allowed, the OAESA Board of Directors, upon advice from me and the OAESA Recognition Service Team, made this generous and supportive decision:

  • There were 17 schools who were in the visitation stage for the Hall of Fame Award.        
  • The eight schools who were visited before March 13, 2020 will be the 2020 Hall of Fame award winners and the other nine schools will be the 2021 Hall of Fame winners.  
  • The two finalists for the National Distinguished Principal award will each be selected; one named the 2020 winner and the other, our 2021 winner. 
  • Additionally, our already selected secretary of the year will be the 2020 winner.  

We hope that all can be honored in person at the Professional Conference and Trade Show here in Columbus June 16-18, 2021. Health and safety factors permitting, we will commence a new awards process beginning in the fall of 2021. We look forward to honoring the 2020 and 2021 winners this year, as well as all of the great work our members are doing during this uncertain time. Congratulations to all honorees!

 Dr. Julie Davis, OAESA Executive Director

2020 Ohio NAESP National Distinguished Principal:

Kati Mann of Memorial Elementary, Brunswick City Schools

2021 Ohio NAESP National Distinguished Principal

Bonnie Kubec of Walter Kidder Elementary, 
Brunswick City Schools

Honorees are selected by their colleagues for achievements above and beyond those expected in the usual school program. The criterion for the selection of the Ohio NAESP National Distinguished Principal Award winner has been set by OAESA, NAESP, and the United States Department of Education. OAESA has been recognizing outstanding administrators since 1984. 

OAESA 2020 Secretary of the Year Award

Cindy Hadsell, Dorr Elementary, Springfield Local Schools

OAESA 2021 Secretary of the Year Award

Barb Arnett, Emerson Primary, Sidney City Schools

OAESA 2020 D. Richard Murray Award

Donna G. Ball, Retired Administrator and Former OAESA Staff Member

OAESA 2021 D. Richard Murray Award

Paolo A. DeMaria, Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction

To recognize D. Richard Murray, Emeritus OAESA Executive Director, the OAESA Board of Directors has annually presented an award to an individual who has provided outstanding service to benefit administrators and the children they serve during the most recent year.

OAESA Hall of Fame School Recognition Program   

Exemplary educational programs that go above and beyond meeting the needs of students in elementary and middle level schools across the state are recognized annually through the OAESA Hall of Fame School Recognition Program. This award has been distributed since 1984.

2020 Hall of Fame School Winners:

Sutter Park Preschool, Worthington City Schools

Avon Early Learning Center, Avon Local School District

Wilson Hill Elementary School, Worthington City Schools

Crestview Elementary, Brunswick City Schools

East Linden Elementary, Columbus City Schools

Indian Trail Elementary, Canal Winchester Local Schools

Sycamore Creek Elementary, Pickerington Local Schools

Windsor School (now Northwood Elementary), Elyria City Schools

2021 Hall of Fame School Winners:

Sharonville Elementary, Princeton City Schools

Evendale Elementary, Princeton City Schools

Seven Mile Elementary, Edgewood City Schools

Franklin Elementary, Wadsworth City Schools

Fairfax Elementary, Mentor Exempted Village Schools

Kean Elementary, Wooster City Schools

East Woods School (now East Woods Intermediate), Hudson City Schools

Fairborn Intermediate School, Fairborn City Schools

Fairfield Elementary, Maumee City Schools