Princeton Education Foundation Announces the 2015 Distinguished Award Winners
Cincinnati, OH, October 8, 2014:
The Princeton Education Foundation (PEF) is pleased to announce the 8 winners of their annual awards. Each year, graduates of Princeton High School are nominated for Distinguished Alumni Awards and Distinguished Emeritus Awards. For the 2015 awards, 8 former Princeton graduates were chosen to receive the Distinguished Alumni Awards, and 3 former graduates were chosen to receive the Distinguished Emeritus Awards.
The PEF announces and congratulates our Distinguished Alumni Award winners: Marti Smith Huss, Class of 1963; Kelli Lobb Reisen, Class of 1982; Missy Doty Kaye, Class of 1990; Kristyn Klei Borrero, Class of 1991 and Christopher Lamar Daniels, Class of 2001.
The PEF also announces and recognizes our Distinguished Emeritus Award winners: Joan S. Meier (posthumously), Samuel D. Reynolds and Noel Taylor.
All award winners have distinguished themselves either through their career achievements or through their continued dedication and commitment to positively impacting students in the Princeton City School District.
The individuals who received the Distinguished Alumni Awards and Distinguished Emeritus Awards will be recognized the Princeton High School football homecoming game on October 24, 2014 in between the 1st and 2nd quarters.
The PEF will also host an Awards Luncheon for all award recipients on Saturday, October 25 at Double Tree Suites by Hilton of Cincinnati located in Sharonville. Each award winner will receive an engraved plaque in recognition of their achievements.
Marti Smith Huss, Class of 1963. Marti retired from public school teaching in 2003. She was the State Coordinator for the Ohio Intergenerational Mentoring Program in 2010. Early in her career, Marti recognized the importance of a support system for students who were in teacher education programs on college campuses. She matched retired educators with students who were majoring in Education at Miami University. Mary regularly meets with officials from various universities to share the benefits of her program with them. Mary’s program has been well-documented in interviews and testimonials--both from program participants and campus advisors/college personnel. She currently has 111 mentees and 77 mentors across 5 different campuses. Mary’s passion for education and providing dedicated committed professionals in the classrooms in public schools is reflected by the numerous hours of service she has given to the Intergenerational Mentoring Program (which is offered through the Ohio Education Association). She has served on Southwest Ohio Education Association’s Professional Development Committee, and she has been the recipient of the Ashland Oil Teacher Achiever Award. Mary was one of 10 teachers (out of 8,000 nominees) to receive the Ashland Oil Teacher Achiever Award. Mary continues to be involved in her community through various volunteer opportunities.
Kelli Lobb Riesen, Class of 1982. Kelli is an accomplished and internationally known Christian recording artist. She has achieved 8 Top Ten hits and has had 3 albums featured on iTunes. Kelli has headlined with well-known artists in the Contemporary Christian field, including: Larnelle Harris, Mark Lowry, Phillips Craig and Dean, Bryan Duncan, Clay Cross and Ray Boltz. Additionally, she has recorded 2 theme songs for television movies, toured with Dr. Dobson’s Focus on the Family and appeared as a featured soloist many times with Robert Schuler on the Crystal Cathedral. Kelli provides background vocals on many recording artists albums. Currently, she is touring nationally and internationally with Windbourne Music on the Michael Jackson Tour and the Whitney Houston Tour. She has toured with various symphonies, and she has a show with the legendary rock band Foreigner in the works. Locally, Kelli has performed many advertisement jingles for Cincinnati businesses. She has been a staunch supporter and volunteer for the Princeton School District for the past 17 years.
Missy Doty Kaye, Class of 1990. After earning a BFA from Stephens College in Columbia Missouri, Missy moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams of acting in the theater. She has performed at the Long Beach Playhouse, where she earned the Ethel Case Award for her performance in a Major Supporting Female role. Missy has worked with director Alexander Payne, and she has been cast in 2 Oscar winning movies, Nebraska and Sideways. Missy’s television career has landed her roles in UPN’s Shasta MCNasty, and she has guest starred in Bones, American Horror Story, Desperate Housewives, My Name is Earl, Harry’s Law, Ally McBeal and Law and Order.
Kristyn Klei Borrero, Class of 1991. Kristyn is the co-founder and CEO of Center for Transformative Teacher Training. She began her teaching career as a 6th grade teacher at Sharonville School, and after 4 years, she moved to the Bay area where she became a principal of East Palo Alto Charter School. While she was at that charter school, Kristyn led her staff effectively, and East Palo Alto Charter School was deemed the highest performing urban school, while competing with schools in Silicon Valley. She then took her talents to Oakland and opened the Berkley Maynard Academy. After receiving her doctorate in Educational Leadership, Kristyn became the superintendent for Aspire Public Schools. She won a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant to lead efforts in innovative professional development and supporting youth to and through college. Together with Lee Canter, Kristyn developed the No-Nonsense Nurture Classroom Culture Program and Real Time Teacher Coaching model. This led to the development of a new organization, the Center for Transformative Teacher Training. Together with her team, this organization has have worked with thousands of teachers, hundreds of coaches and administrators and impacted more than half a million traditionally disenfranchised youth.
Christopher Lamar Daniels, Class of 2001. Christopher was a member of the Princeton High School GMC football championship team and a member of the Florida A&M University football team. While he was a Florida A&M, Christopher earned a degree in Social Science Education and a Master of History degree. In 2008, he interned with the Department of State’s Bureau of Africa Affairs at the US Embassy is Maseru, Lesotho. In this position, Christopher worked on sustainable economic development projects with several civil society groups. He was responsible for the nation’s inaugural President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) community grants application, which provided financial assistance to local groups that were working to help alleviate the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS on the community. Christopher earned his doctoral degree in African Studies from Howard University, where he served as the President of the African Studies Graduate Student Association. He has earned several awards and honors, including the Research Excellence Award and the Howard Plaza Towers Legacy Award. Christopher has had a successful teaching career at Georgetown University in the School of Foreign Service, and he is a published author and has been invited to speak about Somalia on issues related to national security by several government agencies and universities (including the Department of State, Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Geospatial Agency). He is a frequent guest speaker on television (ABC) and radio (NPR).
Joan S. Meier (posthumously), Princeton Music Teacher, 1960-1995. Joan led the development of the Princeton music program, which gained recognition at both the state and national levels. Under her leadership, the Princeton choirs consistently received Superior ratings. Joan was a recipient of the OMEA Distinguished Service Award, and she was responsible for enabling thousands of students to experience a comprehensive music education.
Samuel D. Reynolds, Faculty, 1960-1963, Band Director, 1963-1990. Samuel was the co-founder of the Princeton Orchestra. He is a member of the Ohio Band Directors Hall of Fame and a member of Phi Beta Mu, a national honorary band fraternity. Samuel taught at the elementary schools, the middle school and the high school, and his band performed new shows on a weekly basis. Under his leadership, the Princeton Band won the Best Dressed Band Award from the National Uniform Association. After graduation, he continued to teach music education classes at Miami University, until he retired again in 2011. Samuel continues to serve as the OMEA Honor Band Director and Adjudicator.
Noel Taylor, Princeton Faculty, Assistant Principal and Principal, 1969-1999. Noel began his career in education as a 6th grade teacher at Sharonville School. He moved to the position of Community School Director for Heritage Hill and Springdale, and he held this position from 1969 to 1970. Noel became the Curriculum Coordinator, Assistant Principal at Lincoln Heights in 1970, and then in 1973, he was appointed as the Assistant Principal at R.E.L.I.S. From 1978 to 1990 he served as the Principal at R.E.L.I.S. In 1990, Noel moved to Springdale and served as the Principal until his retirement in 1999. After retiring from Princeton, Noel continued to serve the educational community as an Advisor at Riverside Academy Charter School. He returned to Princeton as the HR Coordinator from 2001 to 2002. Noel was also an adjunct professor at XU from 2000 through 2012.
For more information, contact Pat Seuberling, Director of the Princeton Education Foundation, at 513-864-1532 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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