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  • Hall of Fame School Recognition Program
  • Distinguished Principal Award
  • Assistant Principal Award
  • D. Richard Murray Service Award
  • Secretary of the Year Award
  • Do you know an exemplary individual or school who should be rewarded?

    Please read about OAESA's award programs by clicking on each program in the box to the right or by scrolling down the page. The 2016 nomination form and online submission is coming soon! 

    Hall of Fame School Application Process Webinar
    Need more information on nominating and applying to be a Hall of Fame school? Click below for a recording of a webinar featuring Hall of Fame school winners, and hear first-hand what the process is like and what made them stand out from the pack: 
    Hall of Fame Webinar 11-19-2014

    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.

    Congratulations, 2015 Hall of Fame School Winners:

    Columbia Intermediate, Kings Local School District

    Coy Elementary, Oregon City School District

    Dorr Elementary, Springfield Local School District

    Franklin Elementary, Wadsworth City School District

    Holly Lane Elementary, Westlake City School District

    North Olmsted Middle, North Olmsted City School District

    Park Elementary, Swanton Local School District

    Royal View Elementary, North Royalton City School District

    Tarhe Elementary, Lancaster City School District

    Violet Elementary, Pickerington Local School District 


    OAESA Distinguished Principal Award

    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 OAESA Distinguished Principal has been set by OAESA, NAESP, and the United States Department of Education. OAESA has been recognizing Ohio's outstanding administrators since 1984.

    Congratulations 2015 Distinguished Principal Award Winner, Glen Stacho of Drake Elementary in the Strongsville City school district.  Mr. Stacho has worked to raise achievement levels, build bridges with the community, and help staff learn and grow.  He is all about the students and will do whatever it takes to motivate them to learn.  His students love him, his staff wants to follow him wherever he goes and his superiors want to clone him.  Mr. Stacho is highly deserving of the honor of being the 2015 Distinguished Principal.

    OAESA Outstanding Assistant Principal Award

    Congratulations 2015 Outstanding Assistant Principal Award Winner, Matthew Dansby from Tussing Elementary in the Pickerington Local School District.

    The superlatives used to describe Mr. Dansby were endless.  As a role model for all students and staff members, he wears a suit and tie to school every day, but is also able to show the students a relaxed side of him.  Mr. Dansby utilizes "The Young Gents Club" as a building block in which young male students become role models and display the same work ethic as Mr. Dansby, creating a positive attitude that is representative of Tussing Elementary.

    Congratulations 2015 Secretary of the Year, Pat McDermitt from Harmon Middle School in the Pickerington Local School District

    Pat has been a school secretary for over 30 years.  She is truly the remarkable person who makes everyone feel like they are the most important in the world.  Pat truly loves her students while running the school.  Her dedication to the students, parents, and staff goes above and beyond, in all that she does.

    OAESA D. Richard Murray Service Award
    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.

    Congratulations 2015 D. Richard Murray Service Award Winner: Margaret Searle

    Margaret Searle is a past president of the OAESA board of directors and founder of Searle Enterprises.  Her distinguished career includes teaching kindergarten through grade eight, Title I director, elementary and middle school principal, a K-12 supervisor and education advisor to President George H. W. Bush.  She is an author of numerous books on leadership, behavior and achievement.  Margaret's career has been dedicated to the three R's.  Leading principals with relevance, successful relationships and modeling rigorous personal and professional standards.


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