WRITER: JENNY FERGUSON
CONTACT: STEPHEN PRADARELLI
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Release: Nov. 12, 2002
UI education alumna named Iowa Principal of the Year
University of Iowa College of Education alumna Linda K. Whiting, principal
of Feelhaver Elementary School in Fort Dodge, was recently given the 2002
Iowa Elementary Principal of the Year Award at a ceremony held in Washington,
Every year each of Iowa's 15 Area Education Agencies (AEAs) nominates one
person for the award. A committee of Iowa educators chaired by the previous
year's award recipient interviews three finalists before selecting the state
winner. School Administrators of Iowa, the award's sponsor, presented Whiting
with a plaque at a reception held at the Iowa Governor's Office in May.
Whiting was invited to Washington, D.C., Oct. 10-11 for the national awards
ceremony, during which U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige recognized Whiting
and the other states' winners. The award recipients were treated to a cocktail
reception and black-tie dinner and also participated in breakout discussion
sessions on various educational issues.
"It was an incredible experience," Whiting said. "We met
wonderful people in Washington, D.C., and we were treated like royalty."
The UI awarded Whiting a bachelor's degree in education in 1966 and a master's
degree in educational administration in 1984.