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Woodinville Educator, AnnRené Joseph, Receives Educational Leadership Scholarship to Support Graduate Studies

OLYMPIA, Washington (June 29, 2009) -- AnnRené Joseph, a Seattle Pacific University (SPU) doctoral student and Washington State Arts Program Supervisor -- Teaching, Learning, and Assessment for the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), is the recipient of the seventh annual Dr. Doyle E. Winter Scholarship for Administrative Leadership in Education. The scholarship is awarded by the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) and Seattle-Northwest Securities Corporation (SNW). SNW Senior Vice President Trevor Carlson and WASA President Rich McBride (superintendent, North Central ESD 171) made the announcement of the award today at the WASA Awards Luncheon in Spokane. The luncheon was part of the annual WASA/AWSP Summer Conference for school administrators, which is jointly sponsored by WASA and the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP). The conference began on Sunday, June 28 and ends Tuesday, June 30.

Upon learning of her selection, Ms. Joseph commented,

"I am honored and humbled to be the recipient of the 2009 Doyle E. Winter Scholarship for Administrative Leadership in Education from WASA! Doyle's leadership style has been an inspiration to me during my service as a school, district, and state administrator and servant leader for the past 20 years. My doctoral focus is about how state and national policies and practice can and do affect arts education and academic achievement for all learners! Embedded in the study is the correlation of the practice of educational leaders at all levels that support study in the arts as an essential part of the “well rounded and complete education of the whole child." I want to thank my mentors, my professors at SPU, my parents, husband, and family for believing in me and supporting my efforts to earn my doctoral degree in an area of study that has life enhancing potential to all learners."

Currently the Washington State Arts Program Supervisor -- Teaching, Learning, and Assessment for OSPI, Joseph has over 32 years' experience in education. She will complete her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at SPU by 2011. She earned a master's degree in curriculum development and education from Eastern Washington University (EWU). Her undergraduate work was in child development and education, graduating with a bachelor of arts degree from EWU. 

The Winter Scholarship is designed to assist talented and committed educational administrators as they enhance those skills needed to serve as educational leaders in the field of public education. Seattle-Northwest Securities Corporation and WASA recognize the need to support and encourage educational administrators to advance their administrative leadership skills in the field of education as the demands placed upon school administrators intensify as they work to meet the challenges and celebrate the successes of new state graduation requirements and No Child Left Behind legislation.

Through this scholarship, $1,000 is awarded to a Washington school administrator who is in or will begin a doctoral program in education in the year the award is presented. It was established in honor of Dr. Doyle E. Winter, who retired in 2002 after completing 44 years of service for Washington public schools. Dr. Winter is a former executive director of WASA and has been recognized repeatedly for exhibiting exemplary leadership ability and enhancing school administration throughout his career.


ABOUT THE SEATTLE-NORTHWEST SECURITIES CORPORATION (SNW)

Seattle-Northwest Securities Corporation (SNW) is an investment banking firm offering tax-exempt and taxable bond underwriting services, securities trading, and distribution to clients located throughout the United States. Since 1970, SNW has assisted local school districts with the implementation of bond sales and management of debt service funds.

ABOUT THE WASHINGTON ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS (WASA)

The Washington Association of School Administrators is committed to the development of quality education through professional leadership. Members benefit from a supportive community of professional leaders working to provide insightful and valuable training, support, and resources to education leaders, and to sustain a positive impact on legislative and community leaders. With more than 1,600 members, membership is open to all education administrators in central office, building management, and educational agency positions. A not-for-profit organization, WASA is funded by membership dues and association events.

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