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Golden Apple Award Recipients

The Golden Apple is awarded by the College of Education and Human Development Alumni Society to outstanding educators who have been recognized by their peers for their dedication and commitment to their profession.

2014

Stephanie BurrageStephanie Burrage
B.A. '90
Executive director of school achievement services at Wayne RESA
Ana Gil-GarciaAna Gil-Garcia
Ed.D. '91
Professor of educational leadership and development at Northeastern Illinois University

2013

Garrett Boersma
Garrett Boersma
Ed.D. '79

Assistant Superintendent for Special Education
(retired)
Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency (KRESA)

Linda Powell
Linda Powell
B.S. '70, M.A. '71

Business Management, Marketing, Technology Instructor (retired)
Portage Northern High School

Lisa Williams
Lisa Williams
B.A. '98, M.A. '04

Principal
Ferndale Public Schools

2012

John Mark Rainey
John Mark Rainey
Ed.D. '07

Grant Administrator
Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators

Kali Lightfoot
Kali Lightfoot
B.A. '67

Executive Director
University of Southern Maine National Resource Center for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes

Kimberly English Davis
Kimberly A. English Davis
B.S. '87

Principal
Detroit Charles H. Wright Academy of Art and Science

2011

Betty Ongley
Betty Ongley
B.S. '47, M.A. '58, Certificate '84
Retired Teacher, Counselor and Guidance Director
Portage Public Schools

James Mechinger
James Menchinger

B.A. '62, M.A. '66
WMU Coordinator of Student Interns
Forensics Co-Coach, Portage Northern High School

Cynthia Green
Cynthia Green

B.S. '80, M.A. '93
Assistant Superintendent for Student Services
Kalamazoo Public Schools
Liesha Crawford
Liesha Crawford

B.S. '84
Teacher for the Physically Impaired and Otherwise Health Impaired
Alger Middle School, Grand Rapids Public Schools
2010

Golden Apple Recipient
Liliana Rodriguez-Campos
M.A., 2000, Ph.D., 2002

Golden Apple Recipient
Jethro Jaye Johnson
M.A., 1975

Golden Apple Recipient
Dennis Patzer
B.S., 1975, M.A., 1986,

2009

Dr. Geoff Balkam
The Late Dr. Geoff Balkam
Ed.d., '79
Superintendent
Climax-Scotts Public Schools

Mary Blakely
Ms. Mary Blakely

M.A., '85
Principal-Superintendent
Youth Advancement Academy
(The Charter School - KRESA)

Pamela Ide
Ms. Pamela K. Ide

M.A. '94
3rd grade Teacher and Mentor Coach
Winchell Elementary School

Kalamazoo Public School

Dr. V. Clayton Sherman
Dr. V. Clayton Sherman
Ed.D., '75

Chairman
Management House Incorporated
2008

Mr. Willie Gill
Mr. Willie Gill, Jr.
B.S. ’70

Assistant Principal
Kettering High School (Detroit)

Dr. Bruce Kocher
Dr. Bruce Kocher

B.S. ’59; M.A. ’60, Ed.D. '75
Vice President for Academic Services
Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Ms. Janet Lee
Mrs. Janet Lee
B.A. ’70; M.A. '98
Principal
Climax-Scotts Elementary School

2007

hadden
Mr. Dene William Hadden

B.S. ’69; M.A. ’74
Principal,
South Haven High School

james
Dr. James Hawkins
B.A. ’63

Superintendent
Ypsilanti Public Schools

vanderveen
Mrs. Rhonda Vander Veen
B.S. ’84
Elementary Teacher
Portage Public Schools

2006

Fred Decker
Mr. Fred Decker
B.S., '64; M.A., ‘68

Retired faculty in Intercollegiate Athletics, Western Michigan University

John Dominguez
Mr. John Dominguez, Jr.
M.A., ‘70

Retired Director of Migrant and Bilingual Programs, Van Buren Intermediate School District

Leta Schoenhals
Mrs. Leta Schoenhals
B.A., '42;  M.A.,  '65;   Specialist,  ‘68

Retired School Counselor Portage High School

2005

Barry-Davis

Misner Sebaly
Dr. Josephine Barry-Davis
Ed.D., ‘72
Assistant Professor
Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies
Dr. Craig Misner
B.S., '69; M.A., '72, Ed.D., '84
Superintendent
Kalamazoo Regional Education Service Agency (K-RESA)
Dr. A. L. "Mike" Sebaly
B.A., ‘33
Professor Emeritus (1985)
Department of Education and Professional Development
2004

Terry
Mr. Terry Kuseske
B.A., ‘72
Teacher
Hamilton Middle School, Dowagiac

Vivian
Mrs. Vivian Davis
M.A., ‘85
Counselor
Albion High School

Bertha
Mrs. Bertha McNeal
B.A., ’63; M.A., ‘75

Retired Music Teacher
Milwood Middle School,
Kalamazoo Public Schools

2003

Van Dickerson
Mr. Van Dickerson

B.A., '78; M.A., '93
Principal, Phoenix high School Alternative Education, Kalamazoo Public Schools

Sandra Gagie
Dr. Sandra Gagie
Ed.D., '78
Owner/Director, Gagie School, Kalamazoo

Vickie Winfield
Mrs. Vickie Winfield

B.A., '71; M.A., '79
Retired Principal (2006) Winchell Elementary School, Kalamazoo Public Schools

2002

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Art

Joy

Mrs. Kathleen Adams
B.S., '72
Teacher, Upton Middle School, St. Joseph Public Schools

Dr. M. Arthur Garmon
B.A., '70; M.A., '75
Associate Professor, WMU College of Education and Human Development

Mrs. Joy Reinstein
B.S., '64; M.A., '72
Teacher, Sunset Lake Elementary School, Vicksburg Community Schools

2001

Amar
Ms. Nancy Amar
B.S., '71

Retired Teacher, Portage Public Schools

 

Enstrom
Ms. Christie Enstrom
B.A., '76; M.A., '80

Principal, Woodward Magnet School for Technology and Research, Kalamazoo Public Schools

Hamet
Dr. Robert Hamet
B.S., '62; M.A., '64;
Ed.D., '74
Retired Superintendent, Comstock Public Schools

2000

Photo of Diane DeFord
Diane E. DeFord,
Ph.D., '78
Professor at Ohio State University

Photo of Judy Douglass
Judy Brush Douglass
B.A., '69
Teacher, Louise Peacock Elementary School in Corunna, Michigan

Photo of Charles Glaes
Charles Glaes
B.A., '76; M.A., '82
Principal, Vicksburg Middle School

1999

Ansel
Dr. James O. Ansel (Posthumous)
B.A., '35
Retired WMU College of Education and Human Development faculty member and retired teacher and principal in Michigan Public Schools

McGowan
Judy McGowan
B.A., '66
Retired teacher, Milwood Middle School

Orloff
Martha J. Orloff
Aquatic Coordinator for the Physical Education Program at Texas AandM University

1998

John M. Gazella
John M. Gazella
B.A., '68
Teacher at Corunna Public Schools

Bettie Goodman
Bettie Goodman
B.S., '63

Professor at Mott Community College

Patricia Reeves
Patricia M. Reeves
B.A., '79

Superintendent of Vicksburg Community Schools