Rosie Vojtek Wins Neag Leadership Award

Clockwise from top left: Desi Nesmith, Connecticut’s Chief School Turnaround Officer and Neag Graduate; Rosie Vojtek with Richard Gonzales, Neag’s Director of Educational Leadership Preparation Programs, and, Richard Schwab, Dean of the Neag School of Education; Dean Richard Schwab; a birds-eye view of all of the 2016 honorees; Earle Bidwell with Jenna Barrows, this year’s recipient of the scholarship given in his name

Congratulations to incoming CAS President Dr. Rosie Vojtek, recipient of the 2016 UCEA Excellence in Educational Leadership Award. This prestigious award, sponsored by the University Council for Educational Administration, is an annual recognition for practitioners who have made significant contributions to the improvement of administrator preparation. Rosie, who is the principal of Ivy Drive School in Bristol, was selected for her exemplary work with aspiring educational leaders as a longtime mentor for the University of Connecticut Administrator Preparation Program (UCAPP). She was honored at the University of Connecticut Neag School of Education’s 22nd Annual Honors Celebration on April 20th.

In presenting the award to Rosie, Neag’s Director of Educational Leadership Preparation Programs Dr. Richard Gonzales stated, “Dr. RoseAnne (Rosie) Vojtek has been extraordinarily supportive of UCAPP. She is currently mentoring her fourth UCAPP intern, who described her experience of working with Dr. Vojtek by saying, ‘She has allowed me to experience life at Ivy Drive with her in all aspects, as well as help me transition this year into my new role as a curriculum specialist. My relationship with Dr. Vojtek will continue long after I have completed my UCAPP requirements.'” Added Dr. Gonzales, “UCAPP would not have the excellent reputation for preparing highly qualified and capable school leaders for our state without the generous and distinguished service of educators like Dr. Vojtek.”

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