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Local educators honored at Phi Delta Kappa meeting

April 8, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Kalamazoo area principals will be among those honored by the Western Michigan University chapter of Phi Delta Kappa at the group's annual meeting Thursday, April 15, at the Ladies Library Association, 333 S. Park St.

The yearly event reflects the mission of Phi Delta Kappa, an international association, which promotes and supports public education.

Bill Cecil, the 2003 Michigan Teacher of the Year, is the featured speaker for the event, which begins with a 5 to 6 p.m. social hour and is followed by dinner and an awards program. A resident of Mason, Mich., Cecil is a fifth-grade teacher at Waverly Intermediate School, where he teaches general education, focusing on language arts and social studies. He earned his bachelor's degree in education from WMU in 1986 and has done graduate work at WMU, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan.

After Cecil's presentation, Phi Delta Kappa will honor local K-6 principals, initiate new members and give awards to outstanding community leaders, students, WMU instructors and emeriti.

Patricia Reeves, superintendent of the Vicksburg Public Schools, will receive Phi Delta Kappa's Dissertation of the Year Award. Scholarship winners Whitney Fox, a senior at Kalamazoo Central High School, and Noah Hahn, a senior at Sturgis High School, also will be honored.

Reservations are required and the cost is $15 per person. For information, call Dr. DeWayne Anderson, associate professor of teaching, learning and leadership, at (269) 387-3511 or call Mary Ellen Agar, chapter president, at (269) 327-2794.

Media contact: Gail Towns, 269 387-8400, gail.towns@wmich.edu

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