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Congratulations 2013 Terrel H. Bell Award Winners!

Named for the second Secretary of Education, the Terrel H. Bell Award recognizes outstanding leadership by National Blue Ribbon School principals. The awards were presented Tuesday, November 19.

In the photographs below, each of the Bell Awardees is flanked by, from left to right, Will Waidelich, Executive Director, Association of Middle Level Educations; Judith Richardson, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Urban Initiatives for the National Association of Secondary School Principals; Gail Connelly, Executive Director, National Association of Elementary School Principals; and Massie Ritsch, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Communications and Outreach, U. S. Department of Education. Click on the caption below each photograph to read a biographical note. (Photographs are by Paul Wood, U.S. Department of Education.)

Hattie Alexander, Principal, W. H. Council Traditional School, Mobile, ALHattie Alexander, W.H. Council Traditional School, Mobile, AL

Kathleen Decker, Walter Bracken STEAM Academy, Las Vegas, NV

Vicki Harmdierks, Principal, Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary School, Mitchell, SDVicki Harmdierks, Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary School, Mitchell, SD

Sheila Harrity, Principal, Worcester Technical High School, Worcester, MA

Sheila Harrity, Worcester Technical High School, Worcester, MA

jenksJared Jenks, Sugar-Salem High School, Sugar-Salem, ID

Vicki Harmdierks, Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary School, Mitchell, SDJennifer Nauman, Richard A. Shields Elementary School, Lewes, DE

sKevin Suther, Principal, Chapman High School, Chapman KSKevin Suther, Chapman High School, Chapman, KS