WMU News

Educators take top honors at alumni event

Oct. 3, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- The Western Michigan University College of Education Alumni Society is giving apples--make that Golden Apples--to three educators from the Kalamazoo area at its annual awards reception and dinner at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12 at the Fetzer Center on the WMU campus.

Now in its fourth year, the Golden Apple gala honors outstanding alumni who have been recognized by their peers for their dedication and commitment to education. The event is part of the WMU Homecoming celebration.

Recipients for the 2001 Golden Apple Awards are Nancy Amar, who earned a bachelor's degree in 1971; Christie Enstrom, who earned a bachelor's degree in 1976 and a master's degree in 1980; and Robert Hamet, who earned bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from WMU in 1962, 1964 and 1974, respectively.

Nancy Amar, a retired teacher from the Portage Public Schools, garnered praise from her peers for her technical expertise and her ability to establish meaningful relationships with each child in her classroom.

Christie Enstrom is principal of Kalamazoo's Woodward Magnet School for Technology and Research, where she landed a $1.6 million federal grant for the school. She is known as a compassionate administrator who works to empower students and staff.

Robert Hamet is a retired Comstock Public Schools superintendent who spent 25 years at the district's helm. Known for going beyond the classroom and into the community to improve learning experiences for children, Hamet has been dubbed as a superintendent who "never sat in his office."

Reservations for the reception and awards dinner are $20. For information or to make reservations, contact Greg Moorehead in the Office of Alumni Relations at (616) 387-8777.

Media contact: Gail Towns, 616 387-8400, gail.towns@wmich.edu

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