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2013 Educational Leadership Department's Scholarship and Award Recipients
John D. and Mary Denise Ranger Scholarship
John D. and Mary Denise Ranger have graciously established a $1,000 scholarship for a graduate student in the Master's degree program in the Department of Educational Leadership.
Lynsy Erickson graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay in 2005 with a double major in Human Development and Psychology. While attending college, she was not only a student, but also a Division 1 Athlete on the softball team. Immediately after graduation, she went on to get her first Master’s in Elementary Education at Aurora University. In 2007, she was hired to teach second grade at Garfield Elementary School in Moline. In 2008 she received the Moline School District "Rookie of the Year" award. Lynsy is currently in her sixth year of teaching at Garfield Elementary School. She is the District grade-level chair for all of the 2nd grade teachers in Moline. She is also a Kagan Cooperative Learning Coach in her building and was recently selected to attend further training this summer to be one of three Kagan Cooperative Learning Trainers for the District. She is also on the Rising Star District Improvement Team, the Garfield Rising Star School Improvement Team, is the Assistant Varsity Softball Coach at Moline High School, and is on the District Technology Committee. Her future plans are to graduate from Western Illinois next fall and become an Elementary School Principal or a Curriculum Director.
Norman L. and Eileen A. Krong Award
The Krong award was established in March 1987 by Dr. Norman L. and Eileen Krong to annually honor an outstanding Master’s degree graduate in educational administration.
Currently Rachel is the School Administrator Manager at Buchanan Elementary in Davenport, IA. Previously, she taught elementary language arts for 20 years. Rachel received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from St. Ambrose University, a Master of Science in Effective Teaching, Learning, and Leadership from Drake University, and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Western Illinois. In 2004, she received the Davenport Jaycees Outstanding Young Educator of the Year Award. Rachel is married to Byron Lewis and has a son, Christopher Ivory.
Arnold W. Salisbury Educational Leadership
The Salisbury award was established in honor of Dr. Arnold W. Salisbury upon his retirement from Western Illinois University in 1980.This award is given annually to a student who has earned the Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership and has displayed exemplary leadership skills in his or her professional career.
Tim J. Schurman has served 22 years in education: Ashton School District, Junior High Social Studies Teacher 1991-92; Morrison School District, Junior High Social Studies Teacher 1992-2005; Chadwick-Milledgeville CUSD #399 Principal and Assistant Superintendent 2005-2011. Mr. Schurman has served as Superintendent of Schools for the Chadwick-Milledgeville CUSD #399 since 2011. During Mr. Schurman's tenure at Chadwick-Milledgeville CUSD #399 he has overseen the initiation of a comprehensive school improvement process, new wellness program, development of a new Response to Intervention (RtI) program, and laid the groundwork for implementation of a 1:1 computer initiative at the high school beginning in the fall of 2013. Collaborating with a talented teaching staff the Chadwick-Milledgeville District has received four Academic Excellence Awards, two Academic Improvement Awards, and achieved Financial Recognition Status by the Illinois State Board of Education the past two years, which is the first time in many years for the district during Mr. Schurman's tenure. Mr. Schurman resides in his district with his wife Michelle, an attorney in Morrison, Illinois, and their three children Grant, Blake, and Olivia.
Robert F. Hall Dissertation Award
The Hall award was established in 2008 in honor of Dr. Robert F. Hall upon his retirement from Western Illinois University. This award is given annually to a student who has completed the Doctorate in Education in Educational Leadership and is in recognition of excellence in dissertation research.
A May 2012 graduate of Western Illinois University, Dr. Robert Libka has served the past three years as a Transformation Administrator for the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools. Robert and Bonnie, residing in Lake in the Hills, Il., have 3 married daughters (Michelle and Jack Hunt, Kimberly and Tom Kurtenbach, and Jennifer and Joe Spavone) and 8 grandchildren. Dr. Libka is also the recipient of the Concordia University Chicago annual Community Award for Dedication and Commitment to the Field of Education. His 38 year career in education includes university student affairs staff, teacher, guidance counselor, and several school district administrative positions, including superintendent of schools. In addition to guest lectures in Western's graduate classes, he is an award winning presenter at state and national education conferences, has lectured in Europe and Asia, and has served on numerous local, state, and national boards.