School administrators from across the state gather each year in June for the annual conference of the Confederation of Oregon School Administrator (COSA) that includes recognition of Oregon’s outstanding educators. The GSE has been well-represented on the dais, and this year is no exception. In addition to Superintendent of the Year, High School Principal of the Year, Assistant Principal of the Year and Middle School Principal of the Year, all announced earlier in the year, COSA named Pattie Waltz the recipient of the Bev Gladder Mentorship Award, and Harriet Adair as a recipient of the COSA President’s Award.
Pattie Waltz—Bev Gladder Mentorship Award
Pattie Waltz ’95, ’99, ’07, is a former first grade teacher and the current Director of Human Resources in McMinnville School District. She has an MS in Curriculum and Instruction with initial licensure in elementary education, and earned her initial and continuing administrator licenses from the GSE.
Ms. Waltz was selected for her many outstanding leadership qualities, but specific accomplishments include: directed district administrators to present college credit courses for staff, designed and facilitated a new teacher mentor program, trained and guided administrators through the district’s new teacher evaluation system, and coached administrators through the district’s teacher incentive fund.
Her colleagues at McMinnville School District say this recognition is well-deserved. “Administrators in McMinnville have grown professionally because of the role Pattie plays and the mentoring style with which she leads in every setting,” says Superintendent Maryalice Russell. “She is constantly teaching in many ways with the gentleness she had in her former teaching life as a first grade teacher, but with the tenacity and enthusiasm of Emilia Earhart.”
The Bev Gladder Mentorship Award recognizes a COSA member who has distinguished him/herself within the profession as a mentor to aspiring or new school administrators.
Harriet Adair—President’s Award
Dr. Harriet Adair, ’70, ’77, is the Executive Director of Schools: Early Learner Programs—Operations and Academic Support in Portland Public Schools. She earned a bachelor’s and a master’s in elementary education and a standard administrator certificate from PSU. Her doctorate in educational administration is from Brigham Young University.
Early in her career, Dr. Adair taught sixth grade in Eugene. In 1970, she was hired by PPS to teach middle school and has been with the district ever since, taking positions as teacher, principal, director, and various central office administrative posts. She has taught for PSU as a Teacher Corps Team Leader in the Portland Consortium Training Complex.
Dr. Adair has also served on boards for the Garlington Center, Planned Parenthood, Urban League, and the Multnomah County Library. Her work has been recognized statewide and nationally.
She has provided inspiration for PPS educators of color, many of whom attended the COSA event to cheer her on. “Dr. Harriett Adair has had an impact on thousands of children in Portland Public Schools for over 30 years,” says COSA President Tina Acker, an elementary principal in PPS. “She is truly a remarkable woman. I have learned a tremendous amount from her over my years as an educator. I feel that I am the leader that I am today because of who she has been in my life.”
COSA and their partner affiliates, OASE, OACOA, OASSA, OESPA, support professional development, licensing, legislation, and member services for education administrators in Oregon.