Illinois Principals Association Names
2015 John Ourth & Dr. Fred Singleton Professional Development Scholarship Recipients
Springfield, IL – Stacey Rogers, Principal at Olympia South Elementary School in Atlanta, IL and Teri Waddell, Principal at Cobden Elementary School in Cobden, IL, have received the 2015 John Ourth and Dr. Fred Singleton Professional Development Scholarships sponsored by the Illinois Principals Association.
Stacey Rogers has served as a principal since 2011 in Olympia Community Unit School District 16. Prior to becoming principal, she served as Assistant Principal at Bloomington High School and Elementary Administrator at Irving Elementary School. Rogers also taught at Irving Elementary School and Bent Elementary School in Bloomington, IL. As principal, Rogers uses her skills as a positive leader to empower teachers to become change agents in students’ lives. “Every day when I come to work, I know I am in the right profession – the kid business – where there is no greater feeling than seeing students come to school with a smile on their face and the belief that they can be anything they want to be,” said Rogers.
Terri Waddell has served as elementary school principal since 2003 in the Cobden Unit School District 17. Previously, Waddell served as Assistant Superintendent in Cobden, as well as Curriculum/Technology Specialist and Technology Coordinator for the Franklin-Williamson Regional Office of Education. She has also served as Technology Coordinator, Adult Education teacher, and Alternative Education teacher throughout Johnson and Union counties. In her eleventh year as elementary principal, Waddell works to cultivate leadership in others, recruit effective teachers, and encourage others to pursue careers in educational administration. “I love being a principal and look forward to each and every day,” Waddell said. “I am blessed to have great students and a fabulous faculty and staff along with me on this journey.”
The John Ourth & Dr. Fred Singleton Professional Development Scholarships were established in 2007 to recognize the contributions of John Ourth and Dr. Fred Singleton, former IPA Field Directors, to the Illinois Principals Association. The scholarship provides funding to assist individuals in the pursuit of graduate study, attendance at national conferences, and attendance at other relevant professional development to further the capacities of school administrators to be instructional leaders. Two $750 scholarships are awarded each year. Mr. Ourth passed away shortly after the creation of the scholarship on December 10, 2007. Dr. Singleton recently retired with 50 years of service in education.
Rogers and Waddell will be recognized in October at a special ceremony during the Education Leaders Fall Conference held in Peoria, IL.