Hobsons Education Advances Awards: Meet the Judges [Part One]
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Hobsons Education Advances Awards: Meet the Judges [Part One]


The 2016 Hobsons Education Advances Awards are now open for nominations. Hobsons product users are encouraged to submit an application nominating their own institution (or other institutions) for three awards in the categories of K-12 College and Career Readiness, College Admissions and Enrollment, and Higher Ed Student Success and Advising. Each award winner, selected by a panel of independent judges, will receive $2,500 for their institution, while two finalists in each category will receive $1,000 each for their institutions.

Over the next few days, we will be introducing you to our esteemed judges for this year’s awards. First up: our panel of judges within the field of college and career readiness.

Laurie Brill, LECNA

Laurie Brill is the acting Executive Director at the Lutheran Educational Conference of North America. Laurie received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Lenoir-Rhyne University. She began her career in the admissions office at Lenoir-Rhyne and served as admissions counselor, assistant director and associate director of admissions. Laurie worked as a high school college counselor in the Boston area before joining LECNA. She served as director of college fairs and now serves as director of marketing for LECNA’s 41 member colleges and universities.

Jill Cook, ASCA

Jill Cook is the Assistant Director of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). At ASCA, Jill helped create the National School Counselor of the Year program as well as the Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) that honors exemplary comprehensive school counseling programs across the country. She works with the Department of Education and the First Lady’s office on the Reach Higher initiative on behalf of ASCA and assisted with the first School Counselor of the Year recognition ceremony at the White House in 2015. Jill earned her bachelor’s degree in music education and master’s degree in school counseling from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she has done postgraduate work at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Appalachian State University.

Mort Sherman, AASA

Mort Sherman, PhD, is the Executive Associate Director for the American Association of School Administrators (AASA). Mort has more than 30 years of administrative experience, including serving as superintendent of schools for the Alexandria City Public School District (VA), Tenafly Public Schools (NJ), Orangetown Central School District (NY), and in Cherry Hill Public Schools (NJ). Mort’s recent awards include the 2012 Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals Pathfinder Award, 2012 American School Board Journal First-place Magna Award. He has also earned the Northern Virginia Scouting Award and the national John Moakley Award for Community Service. Mort holds a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Education from the University of Delaware, and a doctorate in education from Lehigh University.

Joyce Smith, NACAC

Joyce E. Smith is Chief Executive Officer of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), an organization of more than 15,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. Joyce has a background in both public and private college admissions at Kansas State University, Amherst College (MA) and Queens College of the City University of New York, where she served as executive director of admissions for undergraduate and graduate admissions, marketing and scholarship services. Joyce began her service in 1991 as NACAC associate executive director and later, acting executive director before being named NACAC’s executive director (now CEO) in February 1997. She is the longest serving Chief Executive Officer with a record of 19 years. With a Bachelor of Science in speech pathology and a Master of Science in counseling from Kansas State University, Joyce completed additional study in education policy, planning, and administration at the University of Maryland-College Park.

We thank all of our judges for helping Hobsons recognize great work in preparing students for success.

To showcase your school’s efforts, submit your application today! Your complete submission must be received by 5:00 p.m. ET on January 31, 2016.

Kim Oppelt

Kim Oppelt

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